Charles N'Zogbia and Alex McLeish have put their differences aside at Aston Villa after a bust-up earlier in the season.
The former Wigan star fell out of favour at the turn of the year and his manager, McLeish, essentially accused him of lacking commitment and preferring money over football.
N'Zogbia, who has failed to live up to expectations since his £9.5million move to Villa last July, was also fined in December after travelling to his native France without permission while injured.
But the injury to Darren Bent has forced McLeish to play the 25-year-old on a more regular basis and the winger believes he now has a better relationship with his boss after clear-the-air talks.
"Alex McLeish said I prefer cars to football," N'Zogbia told L'Equipe ahead of Saturday's Premier League match at Arsenal. "That is his slogan.
"If I get wages, I have the right to do what I want with my money. He is not here to tell me what I have to buy or not. He is not my father. He doesn't know where I come from.
"After the match against Newcastle (5th February), there was a quarrel with the coach.
"I didn't like the words he said. I was really upset. At first I was disgusted. Now, since Bent's injury, the coach has started to play me again. So it is better.
"There was a communication problem with the coach. We had a talk and we both put our resentment aside."