Gerard Pique ‘focused on returning for Barcelona pre-season in early July after split from long-term partner Shakira’

GERARD PIQUE remains fully focused on returning in time for Barcelona's pre-season despite his shock break-up with pop star Shakira.

The Colombian singer confirmed their separation in a statement via her publicist following an-11 year relationship that saw them having two children together.


Shakira released the following statement: "We regret to confirm that we are parting ways.

"For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding."

According to Mundo Deportivo, Pique is putting all that drama in the rear-view mirror as he is determined to recover from a thigh injury in time for Barca's pre-season training that starts on July 4.

The centre-back has been sidelined since May 1 when he got injured in a match against Mallorca and missed the final few weeks of the season.

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The 35-year-old has yet to release a statement of his own about the separation.

The Spain international and Shakira met in 2010 while filming the music video for her World Cup song Waka Waka.

They started dating a year later, shortly after the Spanish national team won the World Cup.

The 45-year-old singer was also present in the final as she performed in front of the live crowd in South Africa.

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The former celebrity couple have two sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7, but never got married.

Pique joined Barcelona in 2008 following a four-year stint in Manchester United's youth set up and has since amassed a total of 604 appearances with the Catalan giants.

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