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Gerard Pique talks independence, Spain, Sergio Ramos and being whistled

The defender has been talking about everything

Spain v Italy - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Gerard Pique has shown what an absolute legend he is by fronting up at a press conference during Spain duty and telling journalists he’d stay and answer any questions they liked.

The defender has had a pretty rough few days, describing Sunday’s match with Las Palmas, played behind closed doors as his worst experience as a professional.

Pique was moved to tears after the game, played on the same day as the Catalan independence referendum, which sparked ugly clashes throughout the city.

The Barcelona star was then whistled by fans as he emerged for a Spain training session, but has now come out in an attempt to clear the air.

And here’s what he has had to say...

On Catalan independence

“I believe Catalans should have the right to vote on their future and respect others think differently. So let's have a conversation.

“People who believe in Catalan independence can play for Spain. You may want your own country, but that is nothing against Spain.

“I never put myself on any side of the argument. I said people should be able to vote: to vote yes, no, or spoil their ballot. Fine.

“Should Catalonia be independent? That's the million dollar question, and I cannot answer.

“Spain and Catalonia like a father with the son who wants to leave home. If you talk to him maybe he won't.

“The most important thing is respect and dialogue. We have to try and understand each other.”

On being whistled

“This isn't about me, I'm used to the whistling even though it hurts. I feel bad for my team-mates who now must cope with this.

"I'd take everyone whistling me out to dinner, talk to them and then they wouldn't whistle me anymore.”

On Sergio Ramos

“A lot of lies and talk has been about me and Ramos but we are very close and get on extremely well.”

On playing for Spain

“I've been coming here since a 15-year-old and here this is like a family for me. You cannot doubt my commitment to the national side.

“I don't want to go out of the national team through the back door...the easy route.

“I've considered retiring as it would be easier for my teammates, but that would be a victory for those whistling.”

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