Pique prefers Spain stay
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Defender Gerard Pique has admitted he would prefer to stay at Real Zaragoza next season rather than become a second-rate player at Manchester United.
The 20-year-old has excelled during a season-long loan at La Romareda and has been a key player in the side's quest for a top-four finish.
With his deal due to end in the summer, Pique has made it clear what he would choose between staying for a further year in Spain or becoming a reserve team player at Old Trafford.
"Both options are attractive, but at Zaragoza things are going very well and I feel important, which is crucial for any player," he said.
"It would be my dream to play for Zaragoza and hear the Champions League hymn."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has kept in constant contact with the Catalan youngster and has had scouts watching the majority of his games in La Liga.
Since the start of the New Year, Pique has become a regular in defence alongside Gabriel Milito as Zaragoza have continued their push for a Champions League place.
At Old Trafford he made just three appearances in two seasons after joining the club on a free transfer from Barcelona's B team.