Gerard Pique: I love Man United too much to join Pep Guardiola at Man City
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he loves Manchester United too much to sign for Manchester City, despite Pep Guardiola agreeing to take charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola had made Pique, 29, one of his first signings after taking over at Barca in the summer of 2008 and the centre-back became a key figure as the club became a dominant force in world football.
Pique, who had moved to Old Trafford in 2004, had been unable to establish himself in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team plans at United but said he retains huge affection for the club and that would prohibit any reunion with Guardiola at City.
Barcelona-born Pique, who had a difficult final season under Guardiola in 2011-12, said on Periscope: "My love for Manchester United is too great for me to sign for City, even though Pep is a great coach.
"I'm very happy in Barcelona. United are my second club, but my future is at Barca. I'm very proud to play at Barcelona. I think it's the best club in the world.
"I would like to try a different league when I've got a few years to go before retiring. I don't know if it will be Colombia -- I'd like that for [wife] Shakira, but nobody can predict the future."
Pique also spoke to YouTube's Unscriptd about the lessons he learned during the tough times he endured at United.
"If you want to play at top teams for 10, 12 or even 15 years, you have to know how to deal with hard times without letting it get you down," he said.
"Just because you've done one or two or three mistakes, it doesn't mean you are a bad player or a disaster. And, in the good times, when things go your way and you win all the trophies and receive all kinds of awards, then you cannot think you are the best because that is the first step towards failure.
"For example, when I was 17 or 18 at Manchester United, I didn't play often and it really affected me. I didn't understand why I couldn't play more minutes.
"That doesn't only affect you from a football perspective but also at home, with your loved ones, those who are with you in the bad times.
"And in the good times, when I arrived at Barcelona at 21, I won every trophy -- the treble, six cups, and thought I was a superstar. But, with time, you realise you have bad times like everyone else and you need to get up."
Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him @ARejSport