5 players could replace Gerard Pique
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Gerard Pique as one of the best defenders that Barcelona had. With the Catalan team, Pique has won various titles. He can also be called a success when defending the Spanish national team.
Pique is now 35 years old. Generally, a player begins to experience a reduction in performance and stamina. Therefore, Barcelona must look for a successor to Pique if the defender leaves the Camp Nou.
Here are 5 players who could replace Gerard Pique
1. Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea is currently in a difficult status regarding the threat given by the FA. This prevents them from extending player contracts. Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the names whose contract will expire at the end of the 2021/2022 season.
The Spanish defender has been reported to be returning to his home area. Barcelona could be a new dock for the 32-year-old defender. Azpi himself has shown his quality throughout a decade with Chelsea.
2. Andreas Christensen
Apart from Azpi, Andreas Christensen's contract will expire at the end of the season. Still only 25 years old, Christensen is a long-term choice for the Blaugrana in defense. The player from Denmark appeared quite compact in the back row of the Blues. Christensen has joined in worshiping various titles since playing for Chelsea in 2013.
3. Matthias Ginter
Matthias Ginter has said he will leave Borussia Monchengladbach when his contract expires in the summer of 2022. Throughout playing in the Bundesliga, Ginter had also defended Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg.
He can be proven to appear really strong as a central defender. Ginter was the German national team side when they won the 2014 World Cup. He will be on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/2022 season.
4. Noussair Mazraoui
Even though he is only 24 years old, Noussair Mazraoui has been trusted to make around 133 appearances by Ajax Amsterdam. This shows that he has good qualities as a defender.
In addition, the Moroccan national team player can also be placed as a midfielder if needed. Mazraoui's contract will expire at the end of the 2021/2022 season. Barcelona will not spend a penny if they want to list it.
5. Matthijs de Ligt
Since being presented by Juventus from Ajax in 2019, Matthijs de Ligt has successfully become the successor to Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. What's more, both of them are getting old and prone to injury.
The 2018 Golden Boy title winner will reunite with his teammate at Ajax, Frenkie de Jong when he arrives in Barcelona. The combination of the 2 managed to make Ajax appear surprising by penetrating the semi-finals of the 2018/2019 Champions League.
Pique himself is still doing really well in guarding the Barcelona defense. However, due to aging, Barcelona must immediately find a replacement. The 5 players above seem worthy of being an alternative to Pique.