La Liga News: Barca captains to follow’s Piques’ footsteps; agree on wage reduction- FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique spoke about his decision to take a salary reduction in order to help the financially troubled La Liga side on Sunday. Many veteran Barca players have offered up taking a reduction in their wages in order to help the club manage their finances this summer.
The 34-year-old shared how FC Barcelona’s senior players like him, alongside Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba have been in constant touch with the club. All four, who are also the current captains of the La Liga side are ready on accepting a salary reduction. While Pique has agreed upon it and helped the club register new players, others are said to follow in his footsteps and do the same soon.
La Liga News: Pique revealed how he had to be the first one to put pen on paper and agree to take the reduction. The Spaniard added that his decision helped the club to register their new players in Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay. Following Piques’ gesture, FC Barcelona was able to field the duo for their opening league game against Real Sociedad.
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The Camp Nou outfit went on to record a massive 4-2 win at the Camp Nou Stadium and bag three points in their first match of the new season. It is reported that Depay and Garcia, who both were a part of the teams’ starting 11 wouldn’t be registered and play for Barcelona if Pique’s hadn’t agreed on a salary reduction before the match.
La Liga News: Speaking about his decision to accept a wage reduction, the 34-year-old said, “It’s what had to be done. The other captains will do the same soon. Because of a timing issue I had to be the first one so we could register the players. The captains have always intended to make the adjustments needed by the club. We are proud of this decision.”
Many reports about La Liga News across Spain claim that Jordi Alba is not looking to accept a pay cut and reduce his salary. It led to the veteran La Liga star being jeered by some fans as he took to the pitch against Sociedad.
La Liga News: Pique went on to back his fellow teammate and was quoted saying, “Sometimes there are misunderstandings. After last season ended, the captains talked and we were on the same page to try to reach a deal with the club.”
The Spaniard also claimed “I’ve always been willing to help the club. No one should doubt me. I’ve been here for 10 years, and eight more in the youth squads. This is my home, the club of my life, and I’ll always help it.”
La Liga News: FC Barcelona faces humongous debt with the La Liga outfit currently oweing more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to various entities. Current club president Joan Laporta has blamed Josep Bartomeu and the previous administration for not managing the finances well which led to Messi’s departure last week.