Departing Pique pays tribute to Fergie and fans

May 28, 2008

Defender Gerard Pique has paid tribute to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following his return to Barcelona.

The 21-year-old, who made 13 appearances in United's double-winning campaign, rejoined the Catalan giants yesterday after four years at Old Trafford.

Pique told 'I am leaving with some very special memories, most of all the experience of being part of a fantastic group.

'Obviously I would have liked to have played more this season, but the manager has always treated me in an exceptional manner, for which I am extremely grateful.

'I would like the fans to know that I will always carry United in my heart and I hope that they understand my decision to go back to my home club.'