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The Spain international defender, who played alongside the England forward at Manchester United, believes his former team-mate could be a huge success at Camp Nou

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is convinced former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney would be a great fit for the Catalan giants, were he to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Speculation surrounding the England international's future has been rife after retired United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Rooney had requested a transfer away from the club.

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The former Everton forward has been linked with a host of suitors, and Pique – who spent four years with Rooney at Old Trafford – is adamant Barcelona would be the perfect destination.

“I know he has what's needed to be one of the three best players in the world. He'd fit well with Barcelona,” Pique told Sport.

“He can adapt to many positions. He's best as the centre-forward, but we have seen him on the left or right side.

“He is very versatile, strong, fast and has great technique. I don't think he would have any problems adapting.”

Rooney, who scored 12 league goals in 26 appearances last season, returned to Carrington for pre-season training on Wednesday ahead of talks with David Moyes to decide his United future.

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