Ferguson - Pique will get games
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists Gerard Pique will play more games next season.
By Laura Slatcher and Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 11/05/08 12:41pm
Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has been reassured by manager Sir Alex Ferguson that he will play more games next season.
Ferguson's reassurance comes after reports in Spain linked the 21-year-old with a move back to his former club Barcelona.
The 21-year-old has failed to cement a starting place in United's side after impressive form from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
The United boss is keen to see Pique remain at the club and moved to assure the defender that he will get his chance.
"I can see him playing 25 to 30 games," Ferguson told the Daily Star. "He's becoming a really good defender.
"It'll be hard with Rio and Vidic but you need good players."
Reports in Spain say that Barca are interested in the services of Pique after a knee injury forced central defender Gabriel Milito out of action for at least six months.
Manchester United have allegedly suggested a loan deal for Pique but Barcelona are hoping to sign the Spaniard in a permanent deal.
A €6million (£4.8million) price has been reported and Pique's agent predicts a meeting with Manchester United officials after their UEFA Champions League final.
Pique's roots lie with the Catalan side, with his grandfather Amador Bernabeu the former vice-president of the Spanish giants.