Gerard Pique refuses to quit Spain, despite being targeted by boo boys

Viera Pique is committed to Spain

Viera Pique is committed to Spain

On Monday, [2 October] some fans urged the defender to give a step aside from his worldwide duties during an agitated training session held in Madrid.

Though, the Barcelona defender has come out and spoken about the abuse he has received and where he goes from here.

Spain are now preparing for their World Cup qualifiers against Albania on Friday and Israel the following week.

He wants to send a clear message to everyone: Players and fans must unite to help the team despite the political crisis that has engulfed the country.

"I think Spain-Catalonia is like a father and son where the son is 18 years old and wants to leave home", said Pique.

"I've even been thinking about staying with the team after the World Cup". I consider this a family and it is one of the reasons why I continue here. The first day was hard for me because you don't like people being against you and nobody likes being whistled and insulted.

He also rejected talk of a feud with Real Madrid defender and compatriot Sergio Ramos, his centre-back partner for Spain.

It is a hard situation, but we focus only on the sport aspect.

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"My relationship with him is phenomenal. It is easy to say things but we are very close and there is no problem between us".

Barcelona man Pique had admitted he could quit the national team due to the issues, but the Spanish press are now reporting all problems have been resolved and the defender will be heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation as long as qualification is secured. I'm in favour that people can vote, yes or no. "I'm sure we'll have that in Alicante". He is available and he wants to play.

There were numerous outbreaks of violence from the Spanish police directed towards Catalan residents who were attempting to vote in the independence referendum, now unrecognised by the central Spanish government. "I think we should not dwell on the subject anymore and we are all aware of what we are playing for".

'The atmosphere isn't strained at all; that's what I read in the press, but it isn't the case'. People don't oppose Spain and recognise it is full of good people. "Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16".

"It's impossible to doubt my commitment to this team", Pique said, as reported by the Independent.

"What I'd like to do is take all of the people who whistle me at the stadium and bring them out to dinner. Social media can be a very cold place where words can be interpreted in different ways by different people".

"He looks the same as ever", he told a news conference he attended alongside Koke. Spain has the choice to just say no or to sit down and talk.

"I wanted to see how he was and I saw he was motivated and enthusiastic. I only ask you that you respect my opinion".

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