Barcelona defender Gerard Pique confirmed on Saturday that he is retiring from International football despite former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique appointed as Spain’s new coach after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, who now manages Real Madrid.
Pique made the announcement ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla and said that he wants to focus his remaining years playing football with Barcelona. He said in a news conference, “I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago. He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully.”
“It was a beautiful time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship. Now I want to focus on Barca,” he said. “I have a few years left here and I’m going to enjoy them a lot.”