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Cavani responds to rumours of a rift with Neymar

Cavani and Neymar has a dispute over a penalty. Credit: PA

Edinson Cavani insists he has "no problem" with Neymar after the pair's on-field clash in Sunday's win over Lyon as speculation builds about the pair's relationship.

The pair appeared to disagree over who would take PSG's penalty in the closing stages. Cavani prevailed but saw his effort saved, leaving PSG to rely on own goals from Marcelo and Jeremy Morel for their 2-0 victory.

Reports suggest they clashed again in the dressing room afterwards and had to be separated by captain Thiago Silva, and even that Neymar is lobbying for Cavani to be sold in January.

But Uruguay striker Cavani told Radio Universal in his homeland: "I don't know why these stories are created. The truth is that these are normal things; things that happen in football.

"I learned of the story talking with my brother, about people saying that 'Cavani won't let anyone take penalties' and that there's a problem with Neymar. The truth is that there's no problem.

"He [Neymar] has just arrived and like I said from the off, we are keen for him to adapt in the best way possible. I think that's been proven because you can see he is adapting quickly."


Hazard set for first Chelsea start of the season

Hazard came off the bench in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge Credit: PA

Forward Eden Hazard is set to start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday night's Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

Defender David Luiz is suspended for three games and winger Pedro is unlikely to be risked due to a leg injury, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) is also absent.

Striker Michy Batshuayi could start, with young players Charly Musonda and Kenedy also expected to be given first-team opportunities in a rotated squad.

Chelsea squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.

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