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30-year-old ace likely to be one of Barcelona’s captains once Pique retires

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Journalist Javi Miguel has reported that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be one of Barcelona’s captains once Gerard Pique retires after next season.

Pique, 35, is arguably in the final years of his career, and there have indeed been rumours about his retirement in the near future. While the player has outrightly denied the claims, the fact remains that even his form has now started to tail off.

And so, once the veteran defender hangs his boots, Barcelona will need someone to take the mantle and Miguel says it would be ter Stegen.

For the time being, it’s very much certain that Sergio Busquets (33), Gerard Pique (35), Jordi Alba (33) and Sergi Roberto (30) will continue to wear the armband next season.

Xavi seems to agree with the idea very much as despite their age, the likes of Busquets, Pique and Alba continue to remain a vital part of the setup. Take Pique for instance, he may have slowed down a bit but without his expertise, the defence clearly suffers.

Busquets, on the other hand, continue to be the anchor not only for Barcelona but even for the Spanish national team. If others around him are playing in order, Busquets simply becomes unstoppable.

Then there is Jordi Alba, who, at 33 years of age, has recorded 12 assists and three goals across all competitions. 

Xavi is particularly grateful to these three as they helped him a lot during his initial months in charge. On top of that, no one can really underestimate the fact that they did lower their salaries at the time of need.

Then comes the case of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who Xavi describes as non-transferable personnel. The manager believes ter Stegen has the capability of adapting to the system and hence, he continues to wear the non-transferable sign regardless of the degree of an offer.

The German stopper last extended his contract in 2020 and will be with the team until 2025. Given the fact that he is so well positioned to make an impact, he can certainly be the voice of the team once Pique decides to draw curtains to his glorious career.

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