Pique poised to extend Barca contract

MADRID - Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique is poised to extend his contract with the Spanish and European champions beyond its current end date in 2012, club president Joan Laporta said on Monday.

"Gerard Pique will be one of the next players to renew (his contract)," Laporta said on RAC1 radio.

"He deserves it. He is one of the best in the world in his position."

Pique, 22, began his Barca career at the age of 10 and later spent three seasons at Manchester United and one term on loan at Real Zaragoza before returning to the Catalan capital where he was a key part of last year's treble-winning side.