In England there are still reports that Louis van Gaal is refusing to throw in the towel in his pursuit of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who he wants to complete his defence at Manchester United. “Now I have a great challenge,” he continued. “I’ve always said I want to retire here,” he said. CET Pique also recognised, though, the interest from United but highlighted: “I’m a Barça fan, I have been since I was a boy and I want to stay.” “It is the first time, in Barcelona, that I am not playing as much as I would like, but I am happy with my form when I am playing.” Pique gave away a penalty in Saturday’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Clasico and has come under some criticism for his recent performances in a blaugrana shirt. “In this moment I am not thinking of leaving; I am very happy.” Still, due to the fact he hasn’t been a firm first choice under Luis Enrique, ‘The Daily Star’ are still linking him with Old Trafford. 26/10/2014 Sport EN But the 27-year-old is happy to fight for his place if he has to. Upd. at 16:58 However, the Catalan defender has recently reiterated his desire to stay at Camp Nou.