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Pique opens up on Real Madrid rivalry, Super League project: “Presentation was very poor”

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Shortly after completing his retirement, Gerard Pique appeared in front of the media after a while, as he took part in the Twitch stream of Ibai Llanos.

Among many things, the Barcelona legend opened up about the idea of the European Super League while talking about the rivalry he had harbored with Real Madrid during his playing career.

Talking about his Clasico rivalry in the past, Pique said, “I think the line was crossed when the Real Madrid coach physically attacked Tito Villanova. We were so strong in 2010 that the only way to beat us, for Real Madrid, was to play on a pitch other than football.”

Pique, though, added the importance of coming together and gelling with Real Madrid players, especially in 2012 European Championships.

“We won the Euro 2012, I remember that with Xavi, and Iker, we all discussed how to reduce the tension. We had to unite to win,” he added.

Pique went on to offer his opinion on the European Super League, suggesting it is a flawed idea even though he agrees with Florentino Perez for the most part.

“People no longer watch the games, they are on their phones. There are things that Florentino Perez says that are true but I don’t think that the Super League is the solution. The presentation of the Super League was very poor. It surprised me coming from Florentino Perez,” he said.

Pique’s comments come in the midst of his heated confrontation with referee Gil Manzano, who was allegedly insulted by the Barcelona defender during Barça’s recent win over CA Osasuna.

The veteran centre-back was subsequently handed a red card even though he was on the bench, effectively denying him the opportunity to make one final appearance for Barcelona.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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