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Malouda plays down Domenech rift

June 15, 2010
By Soccernet staff

French winger Florent Malouda claims that reports he has had a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech are wide of the mark.

Thierry Henry and Florent Malouda were both on the bench
GettyImagesThierry Henry and Florent Malouda were both on the bench

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In-form Malouda was left on the bench in the 0-0 draw with Uruguay, leading to talk that the pair had been involved in a training ground bust-up, but the Chelsea star now claims that the situation was not as bad as reports suggested.

"Honestly, we did not have a row,'' he said. "On the eve of the Uruguay match I committed two fouls during the training session, he raised his voice, he believed I was being overly aggressive."But there was no shouting match, we moved on to other things, and I am trying to be ready for the next game."

Malouda has voiced his frustration at being left out of the starting line-up, while he has also shown his unhappiness at being played out position. However, he has now maintained that he is happy to play anywhere for les Bleus.

"I never asked for anything, I am surprised at what came out in the press,'' he said. "I have always accepted to play in whatever position has been allocated to me. I have never refused, you can ask the coach.

"There has been no discussion, it is above all about recuperating at the moment. Nothing has been defined, the coach has not yet made his choices."