Robben slams 'ridiculous' rumours of Guardiola rift

The Bayern Munich winger insists there is no dispute with his coach after a heated exchange during the 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach

Arjen Robben has brushed off rumours of dispute between him and Pep Guardiola during Bayern Munich’s victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Netherlands forward came on as a 79th-minute substitute for Xherdan Shaqiri during die Roten’s 2-0 victory at Borussia Park on Friday evening but a terse exchange arose between player and trainer during his short time on the pitch.

Guardiola appeared furious with Robben’s failure to get back into position quickly enough, bawling at the 30-year-old, who in turn shot an angry look towards the Spaniard in the dugout.

However, when quizzed about the apparent discord, Robben insisted suggestions of any rift with his coach are completely unfounded.

“There was absolutely no dispute,” the Dutchman retorted when asked about the incident by Bild am Sonntag.

“This is ridiculous.”

Robben, who has scored six times and contributed three assists in the Bundesliga this season, was also involved in a row with Guardiola when he refused to take a penalty against Viktoria Plzen in October.

Bayern sit top of the Bundesliga with 47 points from 17 games, 10 clear of Bayer Leverkusen in second.