Rooney would fit well with Barcelona, says Pique

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2013, 11:08 AM IST

Barcelona: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is convinced former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney would be a great fit for the Catalan giants, were he to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Speculation surrounding the England international`s future has been rife after retired United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Rooney had requested a transfer away from the club.

The former Everton forward has been linked with a host of suitors, and Pique – who spent four years with Rooney at Old Trafford – is adamant Barcelona would be the perfect destination.

“I know he has what`s needed to be one of the three best players in the world. He`d fit well with Barcelona,” says Pique

“He can adapt to many positions. He`s best as the centre-forward, but we have seen him on the left or right side.

“He is very versatile, strong, fast and has great technique. I don`t think he would have any problems adapting.”

Rooney, who scored 12 league goals in 26 appearances last season, returned to Carrington for pre-season training on Wednesday ahead of talks with David Moyes to decide his United future.