The 28-year-old Barcelona defender feels that he proved last season that he has fully recovered from his dramatic dip in form
Gerard Pique believes he has fulfilled his vow to re-establish himself as one of the best centre-backs in world football.
The Spain international has been a first-team regular for the Catalans since rejoining the club from Manchester United in 2008, playing a key role in their treble triumph in his first season back at Camp Nou.
However, his form became the subject of much discussion during the 2013-14 campaign, with Pique admitting himself that his high standards had fallen.
The defender promised to rediscover his best form last season and he feels that he achieved that goal, with Pique once again prominent as Barca pulled off another treble.
“I fulfilled the vow to get back among the top centre-backs in the world,” the 28-year-old told reporters on Sunday.
With his confidence in himself now clearly fully restored, Pique added: “In the future, I would like to be Barca captain.”
While Pique’s place in Luis Enrique’s XI is currently assured, the same cannot be said of team-mate Pedro, who is being linked with a move away from Camp Nou because of a lack of game time.
“Pedro’s situation is very difficult because he has the three best attackers in the world – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – ahead of him,” Pique added.
“But if Pedro leaves Barca, our squad will be weakened.”
And Pique does not want to see any departures before the close of the summer transfer window as he believes that Barca can sweep all before them this year, just as they did back in 2009.
“With this squad we can again aspire to win the sextet,” he enthused.