Roma defender Christian Panucci has hinted at a bust-up with coach Luciano Spalletti after he missed Tuesday night's defeat at Manchester United.

"You have made it out to be Mike Tyson v George Foreman," he laughed in his Press conference at Trigoria.

"What happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room. If Spalletti wants to tell the story then he can, but I won't.

"We have an excellent relationship and I think everything is going fine. It's funny how things like this only come out after a defeat.

"I chose not to play against Manchester United. Before the Fiorentina game the doctors told me I shouldn't play, but I took a painkiller and went anyway.

"If the boss had told me to come to Manchester, I would have played but he was worried about my physical condition."