Barcelona legend Gerard Pique is currently embroiled in controversy following unrest in Catalonia over the weekend.
The 30-year-old defender has publicly stated his belief in Catalona's right to vote for independence, causing some discontent amongst Spanish supporters.
Spain's open training session on Monday near Madrid lasted only 23 minutes, with Pique needing security to be escorted away from the angry fans in the stands.
The 2010 World Cup and EURO 2012 winner gave a press conference on Wednesday.
"Since the beginning of the situation, to have fans that usually cheer you whistle and insult you, has been very difficult," admitted Pique.
"But it is impossible to question my commitment since the age of 15. I consider this a family and it is one of the reasons why I continue here.
"I have said it many times, I am very proud to be part of the Spanish selection and a group capable of winning all the titles here. I'm here to make myself clear and because the coach asked me to.
"I think that there are actually a lot of people in Spain who, through what I'm saying, can understand how I feel, where I'm coming from and what I'm trying to express."
Arbeloa weighs in
Former Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa has often been involved in Twitter spats with Pique over the years.
Their public feud largely took place in the 2015/16 season and it appears there was no amicable ending between them.
"I think the most important thing is respect and dialogue," Pique told reporters on Wednesday. "We have to try and understand each other."
Now retired, Arbeloa tweeted an indirect response to his old nemesis following Wednesday's press conference.
It translates as: "How easy to lack respect for someone and then ask it for yourself. Whoever sows winds, reaps storms."
Although he doesn't directly refer to Pique, it is very obvious who Arebloa's tweet is aimed at.
Despite their off-the-field feud, Pique and Arbeloa played together on countless occasions for the Spanish national team.
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