Denilson - No Cesc spat
Brazilian smoothes over reports of rift with skipper
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: January 19, 2011 7:45pm
Arsenal midfielder Denilson insists there is no rift between himself and 'great friend' Cesc Fabregas.
"I am a shy guy, I do not like controversy and problems. I was misquoted. I have talked with Fabregas and everything is resolved."
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The Brazilian caused controversy when he told a television station in his homeland that he felt the Gunners lacked leadership.
He said club captain Fabregas 'is the captain, but he is not a leader to me'.
Immediately rumours surfaced of dressing room unrest at the Emirates, with in-fighting threatening to undermine a season which promises much.
Fabregas, though, has already spoken out on the issue and insists he has no issue with his team-mate.
Denilson has now followed suit, insisting his quotes have been misinterpreted.
In a statement released via Rio-Based communications agency 'Fair Play', he said: "Fabregas is a great friend. When I said the team had no leadership it was to point out that Arsenal have a very young squad and sometimes lack a more experienced person, as it had for many years with Gilberto Silva for example.
"I am a shy guy, I do not like controversy and problems.
"I was misquoted. I have talked with Fabregas and everything is resolved.
"We are fighting for the English title and it will not take away our focus."