Gerard Pique 'focused on starting pre-season with Barcelona next month' in wake of his split with singer Shakira after 11-year relationship as defender continues to recover from thigh injury
- Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is fully focused on returning for pre-season
- The Spanish centre-back has stepped up his rehabilitation from his thigh injury
- Shakira has confirmed splitting up with the 35-year-old Spanish international
The Spanish centre-back has been a key figure for the Catalan giants for a number of years and wants to help the team once again next season by ensuring he is ready to go when the first ball is kicked.
Pique, who remains in contract at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2024, missed the final weeks of the season after the exacerbation of his tendinopathy in the adductor of the left thigh against Mallorca.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is fully focused on pre-season after his split with Shakira
The 35-year-old is already fully focused on returning in time for pre-season on July, 4, as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury that ended his season early, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Boss Xavi will be hoping to have the World Cup winner at his disposal along with his all defensive options, including new signing Andreas Christensen.
This news has come out on the back of Pique and Shakira announcing their separation earlier today.
Singer Shakira (right) confirmed that she is no longer with Pique (left) after 11 year relationship
The Colombian singer, 45, confirmed that she is no longer with her footballer beau, 35, following an 11 year relationship and two children together.
Shakira's statement read: 'We regret to confirm that we are parting ways. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding.'
The couple had been together since 2011, with the pair having met while filming the music video for her World Cup song Waka Waka the previous year.
Shakira and her partner Gerard Piqué have announced their separation (pictured with their children Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven)
Piqué's team happened to win the World Cup that year, where his soon-to-be girlfriend performed during the final game.
Though the two corresponded in 2010, the relationship between the two mega-stars wouldn't officially take off until the start of 2011.
In the fall of 2012, Shakira would use her Instagram platform to announce to fans that she was pregnant with the football star's son.
Just two years after the birth of son Milan, the couple went in for round two and reveal they would be expecting their second child, Sasha, who was born in 2015.
The couple have admitted publicly that they have no plans to wed, but that hasn't stopped them from having a family life.
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