Pique: I see myself in Bartra

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Gerard Pique says that he sees a lot of himself in Marc Bartra, after the young defender announced his departure from Barcelona.

Pique, who got his first taste of first-team football at Manchester United, came through the Catalan club's youth system but opted for a move to England rather than starting his career at Camp Nou.

After failing to make an impact at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old moved back to Spain in 2008 and now, eight years and 10 major trophies later, he has taken a look at his relationship with the club.

"I can't see myself in another side," the Spain international told Onda Cero's Al Primer Toque in a revealing interview. 

"When I'm not of use here I'm going to hang up my boots, I'm going to leave, but Barca has been my life and I want to retire here."

Pique is in the perfect position to comment on promising center-back Bartra's recent decision to leave Barca in search of more game-time at Borussia Dortmund.

"I'm very angry about that because I see myself when I was younger in him, in how he is, his playing style is similar, and he wants to take on the world, do everything," added Pique.

"I wish him well, I think he'll do very well. He's going there to show what a good player he is and we'll see if we're together again before I retire.

"I left and came back and I always say 'never close the door'," he said, referring to his time in England.