Pique: Fabregas exit a done deal

The defender claims his international team-mate deserves more respect from the club and appeared to confirm to Spain boss Vicente del Bosque that the midfielder will be sold

Gerard Pique has criticised Barcelona for the way they have treated team-mate Cesc Fabregas and has seemingly confirmed the midfielder will be sold this summer.

Fabregas has failed to cement himself as a favourite among the Camp Nou faithful since he re-joined the Catalans from Arsenal back in 2011.

This summer, Fabregas has been linked to a move back to England, with Manchester City, the Premier League champions, having already prepared a €37 million bid for the Spain international, while the Gunners are also interested.

And Pique appears to have confirmed that the 27-year-old has already agreed a deal to leave the club during a press conference with the Spain national squad.

The defender was captured by microphones speaking to Spain boss Vicente del Bosque alongside him and, despite shielding his mouth from the watching press, appeared to state: "We have to defend Cesc a little. He told me it's done. He's off, €33m he said to me."

Speaking to the press openly, Pique later said he is eager for Fabregas to ignore offers from other clubs, though he admitted his treatment at Barcelona has been unjust.

"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 defender said.

"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."