Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has denied reports he told Darron Gibson to leave Manchester United in order to further his international career. The suggestions earned an angry rebuke from Gibson with the midfielder unhappy that Trapattoni was advising him to leave United, stating the Italian 'must have been having a laugh'.
However, after Ireland's 3-1 win over Andorra, Trapattoni moved to clear up the confusion insisting he never suggested for Gibson to find pastures new, but to work harder to establish himself at United.
"What I told him was that, for him, the action is not finished when he does not have the ball," said Trapattoni.
"I told him that in this great team (United) it is not easy to play in this situation because he plays with ten great players and when these great players have the ball they play.
"He must ask for the ball, he must want the ball. That is important.
"He has to work to get the ball. He has fantastic vision and the long ball and he has a good personality with the ball."