New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has reportedly informed Gerard Pique that he considers him to be fundamental to his plans for the club.
The Dutchman arrived at the Nou Camp this week as Barca enact sweeping changes at the top of the club in the wake of their embarrassing Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Both manager Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal have left Barca since that humbling 8-2 defeat to the Germans, while several changes to the playing staff have also been mooted.
It has been said that Lionel Messi was considering his future in Catalonia having seen things reach their lowest ebb during his time at the club, but Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu named the captain among eight players he considers to be "non-transferable" at a press conference on Tuesday.
"Messi is untouchable & non-transferable," he said. "He knows it, we all know it.
"But there are various non-transferable players like (Marc Andre) Ter Stegen, (Clement) Lenglet, (Nelson) Semedo, (Frenkie) De Jong, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Ousmane) Dembele… players we are counting on in the future."
Bartomeu later added youngster Ansu Fati to that list, but now Spanish publication AS claim Koeman has also included Pique despite the defender offering to leave the club in the wake of the Bayern humbling.
The vastly experienced 33-year-old is seen as a leader in the Barca dressing room, and the report says that Koeman has informed him that he is counting on him for the new campaign.
The same can't be said of Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba though, with the same report adding that the trio do not have a place in Koeman's plans going forward.
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