Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has played down reports that he was involved in a dressing room bust-up with captain Vincent Kompany.
The duo reportedly had a falling out during the half-time break of their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month that got so heated teammates feared they would come to blows. However the Brazilian midfielder has denied the speculation, insisting the alleged spat was little more than a loud conversation in a noisy Anfield dressing room.
The initial reports suggested Fernandinho blasted Kompany's lack of focus in the build up to Liverpool's opening goal and demanded his skipper up his game for the second half and, although he denied the severity of the conversation, the midfielder has suggested he did offer a pep talk to
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Speaking at a City in the Community event, he told the Manchester Evenings News: "I have seen a few things about this, and people are creating and telling stories, even though it didn’t happen that way."
"Every player in every team speaks to each other in order to improve the quality on the pitch – that communication is necessary. You have to talk, and that is what happened.
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"There was a conversation, and not much more than that. I don’t know why people actually thought there was a fight - we spoke about how we could improve things in that match.
"It was nothing major. There were other people around us, and you have to raise your voice a little bit. There was no fight, just a conversation.
While the rumours of the bust up caused concern regarding Kompany's standing within the City dressing room, Fernandinho insists his relationship with his captain is as good as ever after the pair settled their differences.
"I understand that people sometimes raise their voices to make their point more clearly, but that was not actually the case. I can only presume some people around us felt we were raising our voices, and that it was a situation different to the usual," he said.
"Myself and Vinny spoke about it that day, and everything was settled on that day, finished.”
Following the Anfield defeat Pellegrini made a number of changes for City's next match - a 2-0 home win over Leicester City, with both Kompany and Fernandinho out of the starting line up.
Kompany was notably made to make do with a place on the substitutes bench while Fernandinho was absent from the match day squad altogether, although he insisted that was nothing to do with the alleged bust-up.
He explained: "I had a calf injury and wasn’t feeling very well, so I didn’t actually train during the week.”
City fans will be desperate to believe Fernandinho's version of events with a number of vital games on the horizon.
First up is a visit to Burnley on Saturday as City look to make ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea before traveling to Barcelona hoping to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit and reach the Champions League quarter finals.