FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit out at his own club just several days after he signed a new multi-year deal with the club. The central defender is very unhappy with the way the club’s board have handled themselves during the summer as they spent money to sign Miralem Pjanic (60m) and Sergino Dest (25m) but then decided to cut the player’s wages back by 30 per cent for a second time.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic Barcelona have recorded a loss of €90m over the 2019-20 season and they have missed out on €200m on matchday income. That led to the club cutting back the player salaries 30 per cent in May. During the summer Barcelona offloaded several players, including Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal. They also signed new players as they spent a rough €100m on transfers.
“It is outrageous that the club has spent money criticising us,” Pique told La Vanguardia on Friday, and as quoted by ESPN. “It’s an atrocity as a Barcelona player to see my club spending money – money they’re now asking for from us – to criticise not just external people with a previous relationship to the club, but players still here.”
Despite a new contract, Pique did add his name to the letter the players sent to the club criticising their decision to cut back on the player’s wages. “Renewing and signing the burofax are different things,” Pique added. “Personally, any player is free to voluntarily accept an offer from the club. It’s another issue when they’re obliging you unilaterally and in the way they did.”
“I am in total disagreement with that. They did it when many players were with their national teams, putting us in the same bracket as the other employees. As a captain, I defend the team’s interests and decided to sign [the burofax]. The dressing room is united [even if] they say it’s broken.”