Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has moved quickly to quash rumours of a feud with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tension is reportedly high between the Red Devils centre-half and the manager, with rumours circulating that the Serbian stopper is trying to engineer a move to Real Madrid.
Vidic is thought to be requesting an unrealistic £100,000 a week contract in the hope that if rejected, Los Merengues come in with a January offer.
However, the 28-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford for £7million from Spartak Moscow in 2006, has flatly denied any bust-up with Ferguson.
Vidic pulled out of the pre-match warm-up against Leeds on Sunday and missed out on the 1-0 defeat at the hands of United's League One arch-rivals.
When asked whether he knew what was wrong with the defender, Ferguson remarked: "I couldn't tell you. I couldn't tell you at all."
But Vidic has played down the reported feud and says he has a 'marvellous' understanding with his manager.
"Everything surprised me a lot," he told Sportski zurnal. "Ferguson said that he didn't talk with the club doctor, but he didn't say that he doesn't believe in my injuries and that we are in a fight.
"Everybody in the club knows that I have a marvellous understanding with my coach Ferguson.
"Moreover, I'm not unhappy at Old Trafford. I'm just injured and that is the end of the story.
"I hope that I will be able to play as soon as possible. The doctors told me that I will not be able to play for the next seven or ten days so I don't think that I will play against Birmingham City."
One of Vidic's representatives, Paolo Fabbri, told ESPN Soccernet: "I am quite surprised by all these rumours, the situation is under control and is not unusual.
"As far as I know, the player is not negotiating with any other club.
"Regarding the mood of the player, I think it is standard. I have not spoken to him since the last defeat but, as far as I know, there is no problem."