Barcelona coach Roura denies feud between Messi, Villa

Barcelona coach Jordi Roura has rubbished talk of a rift between Lionel Messi and David Villa. The pair played together for victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Barcelona coach Jordi Roura has rubbished talk of a rift between Lionel Messi and David Villa.

The pair played together for victory over Rayo Vallecano.

"This issue of a conflict I have heard many times - it is absurd," said Roura.

"Currently the relationship between the two is just like it was a few months ago. I mean, very good."

Villa has enjoyed a fruitful week, his goal last night coming days after he scored against AC Milan as Barcelona made an astonishing comeback to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Roura continued: "I've always said that David is a very important man for us. It's a great joy for us to see him score because he brings a lot to the team."

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