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Inter Milan's Figo denies Mancini rift

Inter Milan midfielder Luis Figo has denied reports he refused to take the field against Liverpool last week.

"I have never had any problems with (Roberto) Mancini. I am here to win and that is the most important thing," said Figo.

"Clearly one cannot always be happy in case of a defeat. If people want to find a scapegoat for our Champions League exit, then that is not me.

"It is not true that I refused to play against Liverpool. I have never in my career refused to play, even if it was just for five minutes."

Yet on Saturday Mancini's Press conference statements seemed to suggest that Figo had called himself out.

"I was a player for 20 years, so I know someone can not like a Coach because he doesn't let him play or always substitutes him, but I have never seen anyone pull back at the moment when fighting spirit is needed, especially out of respect for their teammates and the club. In any case, I am not vindictive and only look to the good of the collective. I won't ask for a fine.

"I reacted perfectly well and nothing has changed for me. This is not a temporary truce until the end of the season until we decide to change. That is not the case."

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