Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has continued his war of words with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique by accusing the defender of showing a lack of respect.
Pique has often poked fun at Real Madrid and when Arbeloa responded last year, the former Manchester United man retorted “Arbeloa is not a friend, just someone I know.”
Since then, Arbeloa has kept quiet on the subject but he broke his silence in an interview with La Galerna.
The 33-year-old said: “Many people told me ‘You have to respond’. I have digested it enough. You usually heat up and respond straight away, but later you realise it is better to let the situation cool over and not say certain things.
“I could explain to the world why I am not Pique’s friend, but maybe he would not be in a good way if I did that. It’s also true that I know his family, and the respect I have for them he does not have for mine.”
He went on to add: “Our families are important. We hear a lot of claptrap and more or less you don’t care, but those close to you suffer. Thinking about that, I preferred not to respond. If he attacked Real Madrid once again, I would have jumped, because I will defend them always. To attack me is different. This is my form of acting. To not respond is better than to say things that could have been said.”