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Fulham wing-back Riise insists no Jol feud

Fulham wing-back John Arne Riise insists there's no problems with manager Martin Jol.

The pair appeared at odds at the start of the season.

Riise told The Sun: "Me and Martin didn't have an argument. Players and bosses have disagreements.

"He sees me as a senior pro and respects my opinion. We had a disagreement - but in a good way. We lost against Liverpool and had a bad run. He wanted to give me a rest and let other players have a chance.

"They played well so it was hard for me to get back into the team. When you are in the team for a long time you can get complacent. You don't notice but your performance level can drop.

"When you are out of the side you do work harder. I lived in the gym.

"An hour before training and afterwards too. I bought a treadmill for my home and did extra running. I also do Yoga every night with my missus.

"Martin's door is always open. He enjoys a laugh. He is interested in your life, to know you are happy.

"He wants the team to get on well. We go out sometimes as a group on Champions League nights and have a meal and watch the game.

"I needed to come back to the Premier League. I missed it. After seven years with Liverpool I couldn't sign for another English club straightaway.

"But I love the game here. It suits me. You can run and fight all day.

"In Italy you could get a moment to stop and look around but in England if you do that you will get smashed."

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