Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has spoken out in defence of team-mate Xavi over his comments about Cesc Fabregas that incurred criticism from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Xavi claimed last week that Spain colleague Fabregas had recently told him he has been "suffering'' because of his desire to rejoin the Catalan club. Those comments led Wenger to accuse Xavi of being disrespectful, but Pique does not believe that was the case.
"Barcelona and the players have always spoken with great respect," Pique was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Sport.
"Any player suffers when there`s so much talk about his future due to the uncertainty of not knowing where he will be playing. Saying that is not a lack of respect to anybody."
The World Cup winner, who like Fabregas left Barca as a youngster before later returning to the Nou Camp, also feels there has been too much speculation about the Gunners midfielder and whether he will be moving back to the club this summer.
"I know how the situation is, but I think we must leave Cesc in peace and let things run their course. The summer is very long, there has been a lot of talk and it doesn`t help at all," he added.
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