Swans united, confirm Monk and Chico
21st January 2014
Chico Flores and Garry Monk have denied reports of a rift in the Swansea City squad.
Despite reports of a training ground bust-up between the pair, the duo have reiterated their commitment to the Swansea City cause.
Club captain Monk said: "I have been playing in the professional game for 20 years and training rows are nothing new in a competitive and pressurised environment.
"Recent media reports have blown everything out of proportion. Yes, we had words, but at no time was I threatened with a brick by anyone.
"Chico is a team-mate and we stick together for the betterment of Swansea City and the fans. That it is the case throughout the squad.
"The matter has been resolved and we all remain united, whatever nationality we may be, because we wear the same club colours and that is the most important thing.
"We are a tight-knit group; we always have been and always will be."
Chico echoed Monk's comments, adding that the team is fully focused on Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Birmingham City and Tuesday's Premier League clash with Fulham.
"It was just an argument between team-mates as can happen sometimes in a training session or in any changing room of any football team... nothing more!" said the Spaniard.
"I did not threaten anybody in any moment and even less with a brick. I consider myself a respectful person and a good team-mate who likes unity and closeness and I help create a good atmosphere around my team-mates.
"My relationship with Garry Monk has always been fantastic and still is . . . any person that is involved in the business of football knows that these small arguments regularly happen in training sessions and even more when things are a bit more tense than normal for not getting good results.
"So I just want all you fans to know that Garry and I are two very committed players for Swansea City and it was nothing more than just a silly argument - nowadays things get blown out of proportion in the press and on social networks.
"It's a moment to be united and focused on the FA Cup this Saturday versus Birmingham and Fulham the following Tuesday in the league."