Gerard Pique insists Alvaro Arbeloa deserved his Real Madrid send-off after playing his last game for the Spanish giants at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Arbeloa was afforded a huge reception from the Bernabeu faithful and a warm send-off from his team-mates after their 3-2 win over Valencia.
The former Liverpool man will leave Madrid at the end of the season after making almost 250 appearances for the club across a seven-year spell.
Barcelona defender Pique, who has regularly been involved in wars of words with Arbeloa, had some nice words for his former Spain international team-mate.
“I wish him the best wherever he goes next,” Pique said of 33-year-old Arbeloa.
“If they have given him a send-off like that, it is because he has deserved it.
“Sometimes the tone has been a bit too much and we shouldn’t have done it.
“But he’s had a great career with some big trophies, including the World Cup, and for wherever he goes I wish him well.”
Arbeloa has the chance to end his Madrid career in style, with the club still in the La Liga title race heading into the last round, while a Champions League final against rivals Atletico Madrid also awaits.
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