Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas underappreciated by Barcelona, says Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique has criticised Barcelona for not being appreciative enough of his team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
Last Updated: 05/06/14 2:27pm
The 27-year-old midfielder returned to his boyhood club from Arsenal in the summer of 2011 and has won La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each.
However, club officials and fans are not entirely happy with how Fabregas has performed over the last three seasons, and there have been reports that the Spain international could be sold this summer.
Pique has now defended his compatriot's record at the Nou Camp and has claimed that he is not appreciated enough in Barcelona.
"I really like Cesc and I know he is going through a tough time because the club don't appreciate him as much as they should," the 27-year-old told reporters.
"He is one of those players who would be first-choice at any other club in the world, the star of the team.
"Despite that, he is finding it harder at Barca. I don't know what he is going to do; we haven't spoken about that.
"I hope he stays because if you look at his stats this season, he is our highest-scoring midfielder and the one with the most assists. Of course I want him to stay with us."