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Gerard Pique has defended Barcelona team-mate Xavi following Arsene Wenger's criticism of the Spain midfielder.

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Wenger blasted Xavi after the Spain international made comments about Cesc Fabregas' proposed transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona, but Pique doesn't think Xavi is in the wrong.

"Barcelona and its players have always spoken with respect. Any player would suffer when there is so much talk about his future and when you don't know where you will play next term. It's not disrespectful to say this out loud," Pique said to Sport.

"I know what the situation is like. We should leave Cesc alone and show patience. There's still plenty of time to complete his proposed transfer. It doesn't help to talk about it all the time."

Pique's comments are unlikely to ease Wenger's pain, with the Arsenal boss also currently embroiled in a similar public row with Roberto Mancini regarding Samir Nasri.

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