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Pique denies rumours of a rift between himself and Ramos

Gerard Pique has described talk of a fallout between himself and his Spanish national side centre back partner Sergio Ramos as “a big lie”.

Recent reports in the aftermath of last week’s ugly scenes in Catalonia and the fan disrupted training session in Madrid on Monday have suggested that the centre back pairing have stopped getting on.

However, Pique denied this and even admitted the pair were going into a business together.

He said, “Any talk that we don’t get along is a big lie, we are even going to be partners in a business that I asked him to get involved with. Everything is okay, my relationship with him is phenomenal. It is easy to say things but we are very close and there is no problem between us.”

The Barcelona defender earlier this week said that he would leave the national team to make it easier for his teammates but decided against it as he believes it would let those who whistle and boo him win.

“I believe the people who boo me are a minority and I don’t want to give them the luxury of quitting. I have every confidence that there are many people, including in this group, who want me to stay and help the team win matches.”

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National team coach Julen Lopetegui has also pleaded with fans to back Pique and focus on the team. He told Radio MARCA “We have to move on now with Pique and now is the time to concentrate on the game, to play well we’ll need the support of the fans. I want to talk about football, the team needs to talk about football.”

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