Starlet explains United switch
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barca were left fuming last week after seeing another of their young gems leave Camp Nou to move to England - following Cesc's switch to Arsenal last summer.
However, Pique - a highly-regarded defender - insists Barca have no-one but themselves to blame for his decision to defect to Old Trafford.
"I joined the club (Barcelona) when I was seven years old and to leave this way always hurts," the 17-year-old told Goal.com.
"But these things happen in life and that is how it was - I'm a Manchester (United) player now.
"The reasons for my leaving are basically the (Barcelona) directors. This past year they have treated me awfully.
"When they found out that Arsenal and United had got in contact with me they dropped me from the Youth A side to the B side and did not play me for two months.
"I didn't understand why they did it, but I accepted it anyway.
"In the end they offered me a professional contract. The financial side was good, but they were forcing me to sign for seven years and I only wanted five.
"We didn't see eye to eye and it all ended there."
Pique insisted, however, that he was always drawn by the opportunity to join United, and was swayed after meeting Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Coming to England is a new adventure and I am very excited," he continued. "I'm travelling to Manchester on Thursday.
"Ferguson made a very good impression on me, we had some photos taken together and it was very good.
"He told me not to worry about anything, that I should work hard and he would follow my development closely.
"He also told me if I did work hard he was certain I would be in the first team in a few years."
When quizzed on a possible return to Barca in the future, he stated: "Could I return to Barca? Everything is possible.
"I have a five-year contract and, when I have completed that, depending on how things have gone we will see.
"For now I am only thinking about United. I will just have to wait and see what happens in a few years."