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Beckenbauer: Bayern need a player like Pique

Franz Beckenbauer says that Bayern Munich are lacking a central defender like Gerard Pique, although he also claimed that the Bundesliga champions would not move for the Barcelona man.

• World Cup Legend: Der Kaiser

Pique has been likened to Beckenbauer in his playing style - seeing him attain the nickname 'Piquenbauer' - and the German legend insists that the youngster is well on the way to matching his achievements.

"Gerard Pique has an incredible career ahead of him,'' he told El Mundo Deportivo. ''Now he is a champion with Spain, as he was with the club. It's been an amazing progression.''

Indeed Beckenbauer, who led Germany to success at the 1990 World Cup, claims Pique is just the sort of player needed by his Bayern Munich side.

"I've told Louis van Gaal that Bayern lacks a central defender like him,'' he added. ''With Pique, we would do well, although I do not think Barca will let him go."

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