Gerard Pique insists that Xavi did not force him to cancel a talk show interview

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Gerard Pique has explained that he chose to cancel a high-profile interview with the Spanish talk show El Hormiguero, not Barcelona’s head coach Xavi.

The veteran defender was to appear in the comic chat show, but he withdrew shortly after Xavi’s return to Camp Nou was formalized.

Reports indicated that the new head coach wanted Pique to focus on his football rather than on external interests, but the 34-year-old has denied that he asked for the interview in order not to proceed.

“People have their opinion because the media says what the people want to hear,” said Pique (via Marca).

“If they knew the story of what happened to El Hormiguero… Xavi did not know I had canceled El Hormiguero.

“I had to explain to Xavi that it was El Hormiguero, he did not know what I was talking about.

“I had to explain it, it’s true, but I interrupted it because I wanted to interrupt it, because there are rules that Xavi has put in place where you have to tell him before you travel and I preferred not to ask for permission and it is.”

Pique also revealed that he hopes to appear at El Hormiguero at a future date, adding: “I wanted to [give the interview] for otherwise I would not have organized it.

“But it can be done later, we are already looking for another date. In the end, we had to adapt to the circumstances and situations.”

Pique also spoke briefly about Xavi’s new regime as Barcelona boss after it was revealed that he had set strict rules for the first team to follow, where Ousmane Dembele was fined last week for arriving three minutes late for training.

“It seems that Xavi has come to impose. Xavi has set its rules, which seems good to all of us,” said Pique.

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