Cesc Fabregas has defended Gerard Pique’s stance on Catalonian independence and playing for the Spanish national team.
Barcelona central defender Pique last month attended La Diada, Catalonia’s National Day, and has thrown his support behind the pro-independence lobby, leading to some people questioning his loyalty to Spain.
Nonetheless, Fabregas told Radio Marca that he believed Pique is as proud as the next man to play for his country.
“It’s obvious he has very definite ideas but if he didn’t want to play for the Spanish national team then he wouldn’t be with us,” said the Chelsea midfielder.
“For me his presence at La Diada was nothing because, for example, Xavi was also there and he is someone who is loved by everyone and one of the most committed players in the team’s history.
“At the end of the day he joins up with the squad and has come out in public and said he wants to be here, although he could say he doesn’t want to be a part of it.
“He wants to win and wants to play for the team. In my case I was always more than happy to be involved.
“I’m happy to be with La Roja, to play in a great team and win trophies. I’m always happy to be here,” he maintained.