Friday , October 11 2019

Barcelona to ‘hold talks with Gerard Pique’ after claims club are to blame for critical articles’

Barcelona chiefs to ‘hold talks with Gerard Pique’ after defender claimed club’s BOARD were to blame for critical articles in the Catalan media

  • Gerard Pique is set to hold talks with Barcelona’s board about recent criticisms 
  • The defender went on record to say he feels they are behind negative stories
  • Pique will now sit down with president Josep Maria Bartomeu to talk it through

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is ready to sit down for clear-the-air talks with Gerard Pique after the defender claimed the club’s board are to blame for negative articles in Catalan media. 

After the weekend win away at Getafe, Pique appeared to intimate that members of the club board were sabotaging players by providing negative insight to local media. 

According to the Evening Standard, Pique will now meet Bartomeu in a bid to alleviate tension between the board and the dressing room.   

Gerard Pique has aimed criticisms towards Barcelona board as he thinks they leak to the media

‘We have to be together. Not just the players, but the fans and the board,’ Pique told media after the Getafe win. ‘When someone doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights.

‘We know the club, we know the newspapers that have close ties with the club. We know who writes the articles, even if they are signed by someone else.’ 

One article which caused much of Pique’s grievances came in Mundo Deportivo with a number of anecdotes from the dressing room that only insiders would have been in the knowledge of. 

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will meet with Pique in a bid to clear the air

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will meet with Pique in a bid to clear the air

Information was particularly specific about player power and treatment towards managers and Pique has not hidden who he believes is behind the leaks to the media.   

Bartomeu is now seeking clear-the-air talks with the star defender ahead of the club’s Champions League meeting with Inter Milan on Wednesday. 

Ernesto Valverde’s side drew 0-0 away to Borussia Dortmund in the first round of matches after Marco Reus had his penalty saved by Barca shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.