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The Spain international, who is currently on holiday in the republic, has no intention of leaving Barcelona any time soon, but is open to moving to Asia later in his career

Gerard Pique has revealed he would consider plying his trade in China one day, but for now he is perfectly happy at Barcelona.

The Spain international is currently on holiday in the republic and admits he has been quite taken with the country and its inhabitants.

“I’m very happy playing for a team like Barca," Pique explained during a Q&A session with fans on Chinese website Tencent Weibo.

"But, as a professional player, my future has a lot of possibilities. I really like China, I’ve had a marvellous time here ... "

Pique also added that his two closest friends in the Blaugrana dressing room are Carles Puyol and Cesc Fabregas.

“Puyol takes care of me like an older brother would; he explains football to me," the former Manchester United man enthused. "Our friendship goes well beyond being just teammates: we often eat together.

"When it comes to Cesc, we’ve known each other since we were nine years old. We don’t keep secrets from each other; we’re really good friends."

Pique, who played his part in Spain's Euro 2012 success, returned to Camp Nou from Old Trafford in 2008.

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