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US boss Klinsmann denies rift with LA Galaxy star Donovan

USA national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that there is no relationship split between he and star player Landon Donovan.

The LA Galaxy attacking midfielder has appeared for the US team just once since the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June with some reports suggesting he and Klinsmann do not see eye-to-eye but the German tactician has denied those claims.

"No. There's no problem at all with Landon," he said in an interview with ESPN.

"It's for us way unfortunate that he wasn't available for the last eight games, whatever reason it was. We take it as it happened and are straightforward in our relationship, and obviously we want to see him back in the team.

"This time (for the Italy game in late February) it was bronchitis. The other times was other injuries that hit him. There's absolutely no problem with Landon."

Klinsmann admitted that he is looking forward to having the former Everton loanee back as soon as possible to help the US team continue to move forward.

"But we need Landon with the team to move forward because the train has left at 200 miles an hour and he was not on the train for eight games, which was not ideal for us but it is what it is," he added.

"[Friendlies in] May and [World Cup qualifiers in] June comes quickly, and that's when Landon needs to be there and understand where is the team. We need him here as soon and as quickly as possible."

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