'I started dating Shakira, Pep changed'

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FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique has made a shock claim about his former boss Pep Guardiola, revealing how his personal life impacted his relationship with the Spanish manager.

Pique has explained how his romantic relationship with singer Shakira seemed to have an influence on his professional relationship with current Manchester City boss Guardiola during their time together at the Camp Nou.  

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The retired Spain defender is believed to have started dating the famous singer in 2011, and it was during this period that tension between him and Guardiola began to emerge, according to the centre-back. 

"We reached an important point of tension with him, and with the dressing room in general," Pique said on radio programme La Sotana h/t Marca. 

"The rivalry with [then-Real Madrid manager] Jose Mourinho was very exhausting.

"Pep wanted absolute control of everything that happened. I started dating Shakira and the relationship with him changed; now the relationship is perfect. 

"I had a lot of pressure. I felt that in training I had to do everything perfect.  

"If there was a moment in which I thought about leaving Barca, it was that season." 

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The Blaugrana went on to win the LaLiga title and then the UEFA Champions League trophy later that year, beating Pique's former club Manchester United in the final at Wembley. 

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