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Barcelona, Spain defender Gerard Pique calls MLS "an attractive option"

Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique is keeping an eye on Major League Soccer.

The 29-year-old center back told reporters earlier this week that he’s interested in an eventual move to MLS, though he made clear he’d like to stay at Barcelona for a number of years before he’d consider crossing the Atlantic.

“I read that the MLS is the seventh biggest league in terms of stadium attendances, fans are increasingly hooked on soccer in the United States and it would be an attractive option in a few years,” he said in an interview with

“I’ve always said that I would retire at Barca, but it would be an attractive option in a few years.”

Pique, who spent his first season as a pro with Manchester United, has been with Barcelona since June 2008. He’s lifted a slew of trophies with the club, winning the La Liga title six times, the Copa del Rey four times and the UEFA Champions League three times with the Spanish giants.

A longtime veteran of the Spanish national team, Pique has appeared 83 times for his country, winning the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.