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Gerard Pique responds to critics after Leganes win

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The defender insists he is not distracted

CD Leganes v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Xaume Olleros/Getty Images

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has responded to suggestions he is distracted by his off-field commitments after featuring in his side’s 2-1 win over Leganes.

The centre-back has been travelling to Madrid this week to attend the Davis Cup tournament which he and his company Kosmos have revamped for 2019.

Pique spoke after the win about his trips to the Spanish capital and how he has discussed his plans with manager Ernesto Valverde.

“I had friendly talks with [Valverde] this week. He asked me what the plans for this week were and how we were going to do it.

”The relationship between me and him is good and we get along well. We talk every week and everything with him and the club is going well.

”It is more about the noise from the outside, which centres around whether I’m in Madrid, or if I have dinner here or there. It is all part of the circus and part of my job, but I try to do my best.

”In the end, they are 40-minute trips. I think we give a lot of attention to who I am and who I represent, but I try to make things as simple as possible. People can opine whatever they want, but respect me.”

Source | Reuters

Pique was one of Barca’s worst performers against Leganes on Saturday and will miss the club’s next game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League due to suspension.