Saturday 24 March 2018

Barcelona's Gerard Pique hits out at 'lies' surrounding his relationship with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique

Luke Brown

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit out at ‘liars’ claiming he does not get on with his Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos, revealing that the two in fact plan to go into business together.

Pique and Ramos, the captains of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, have clashed numerous times in derby matches between the two clubs but have formed a formidable partnership in the heart of the Spanish national team’s defence.

They have won the World Cup and two European Championships playing alongside one another, and Pique has defended their off the field relationship after some Spanish newspapers claimed they had fallen out over the Barcelona man’s commitment to Catalan independence.

“Any talk that we don't get along is a big lie,” Pique said while on international duty this week.”We are even going to be partners in a business that I asked him to get involved with.

“Everything is okay, my relationship with him is phenomenal. It is easy to say things but we are very close and there is no problem between us.”

Pique, who was jeered during an open training session with the Spain team on Monday over his support for independence, suggested then that he would be open to walking away from international football if coach Julen Lopetegui or his team mates felt uncomfortable with his presence.

But he said on Wednesday, however, that he was fully committed to the team.

“I considered it (quitting the Spain team) but in the end you have to evaluate every option and after thinking about it for a long time that I decided not to as leaving now would be letting the people who insult me win,” Pique told a news conference.

“I believe the people who boo me are a minority and I don't want to give them the luxury of quitting. I have every confidence that there are many people, including in this group, who want me to stay and help the team win matches.”

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