Pizarro denies Udinese claims

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David Pizarro has revealed that his recent absence from the Udinese first-team is for reasons contrary to those issued by the club.

Udinese have reported that the midfielder has been dropped because of disciplinary problems, but the Chilean refutes such claims.

Club officials were left fuming after Pizarro travelled to Chile to play for his national team, despite medical staff having declared him unfit.

However, temperamental Pizarro claims that the club are ostracizing him because he has turned down several contract offers and not because of his unscheduled trip to Chile.

He said: ''The board members came to ask me to renew my contract with the club and even offered more money, but I didn't accept it.

''I told them I will not sign a new deal and after that the problems have started.

''I am perfectly fit, they left me out because I wouldn't extend my contract.''

Udinese general manager Pierpaolo Marino has responded to Pizarro's statement by insisting that the fall-out has only been caused because of a breach of discipline.

Marino said: ''I want to make clear that the measure the club took against Pizarro is a disciplinary one, because, despite the contrary decision of our doctors, he went to South America to play with the Chilean national team.

"Pizarro is a player like all the others, and he suffers disciplinary measures like everyone.''

The agent of Pizarro, Argentinean Jorge Cysterzpiller, will travel to Italy this week to attempt to resolve the problems between Udinese and his client, although the player holds little hope for a reconciliation:

''I don't think my agent will be successful, because it will be very difficult for him to talk to officials,'' Pizarro added.