Gerard Pique takes defiant turn on future for Spain

Gerard Pique takes defiant turn on future for Spain

Gerard Pique takes defiant turn on future for Spain

"I think it's a challenge for me and it's up to me to turn it around", said Pique, who was part of the Barcelona team which had to play in front of an empty Camp Nou on Sunday after the independence referendum descended into chaos. "I am Catalan and I feel Catalan and today more than ever I feel proud of the Catalan people".

Taking about his answer to the question about Catalonia's independence, Pique stated, "That's the million dollar question, and I can not answer. Right now my response is that there's a big political problem in Spain but the only way to resolve it is dialogue, otherwise this thing gets worse".

He was asked if the saw the contradiction in wanting Catalonia to leave Spain and yet still playing for Spain and he replied: "No, and I will give you an example".

The run in to the game has been marked by the controversy over Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's views over the recent Catalan independence referendum and the insults he received while training in Madrid.

The Spanish captain said earlier this week: "Pique's tweet was not the best thing to do if he doesn't want to be booed". Everything is okay, my relationship with him is phenomenal.

FC Barcelona defender and Spain global, Gerard Pique gave a press conference on Wednesday to explain his position regarding playing for the Spain national team and the issue of Catalan independence.

Italy practically secured a playoff spot but it was jeered by fans after drawing with Macedonia 1-1 in Turin.

Pique's comments came the day after Sergio Busquets, another Catalan Barcelona star, admitted to some doubts about the squad's current unity.

"There has been no special summit between the players".

The Real Madrid defender also suggested that he has a very good relationship with Barcelona man Gerard Pique.

The 30-year-old, who has won the World Cup and European Championship, even offered to retire from worldwide duty if coach Julen Lopetegui considered his presence a "problem". My commitment has always been to the utmost.

"Self-belief? Ultimately, this is a game and we're used to situations like these".

The political instability had little effect on the rest of the Spain side in Alicante, however, as they crushed their opponents with a terrific first half display characterised by short, slick passing moves and clinical finishing.

Julen Lopetegui's side sit three points clear of nearest rivals Italy in the standings, with their home tie against Albania followed by a trip to Israel on Monday.

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