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Barcelona set to terminate Pique’s contract

Barcelona will terminate Gerard Pique’s contract next summer, if he does not play in 35 percent of matches this season.

The defender has a contract at the Nou Camp until 2024.

But Barca are keen to see him leave because he is the highest earner in the squad, despite becoming a fringe player under boss Xavi.

The Catalan giants are still battling financial difficulties after a summer of heavy spending and need to slash their wage bill.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will have the option of terminating Pique’s contract one year early if he plays in less than 35 percent of games this campaign.

Taking into account league fixtures, domestic cup ties, and European matches, the club are likely to play between 50 to 55 games this season.

This means Pique can play no more than 19 times if Barca want to see him leave next summer.

So far, the 35-year-old has featured just once in LaLiga against Cadiz and came on as a half-time substitute against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

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