Gerard Pique

Spain international Sergio Busquets has admitted the Gerard Pique situation could turn one very hard to settle as the Barcelona defender continues to be targeted by national team supporters.

The backlash follows Pique’s outspoken support of Catalonia’s independence referendum – a reason that got him booed by fans in Monday’s training session.

“I would say this is my most difficult spell in the national team due to everything that is happening and I think it will be difficult to sort out the Pique situation,” Busquets told Cadena Ser.

Busquets added: “There has been no meeting in particular to deal with the Pique situation.

“I do not know if [captain Sergio] Ramos and Pique have spoken but it is not a usual situation.

“As for Pique he seems the same as ever.”

Spain are preparing for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Albania on Friday and Israel four days later.