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The diminutive Argentine has reassured supporters that his feud with the striker is now firmly in the past, and has criticised the media for their portrayal of the incident

Roma midfielder Erik Lamela has maintained that there are no ill feelings between himself and colleague Pablo Osvaldo, following their bust-up in November.

In an interview with La Roma on Thursday, the former River Plate star was adamant that neither party bears a grudge, and voiced his dissatisfaction with the way the press fabricated parts of the build-up to the incident after the 2-0 defeat to Udinese last month.

"The fight with Osvaldo is already in the past, he apologised, but one thing's certain, I never said 'You're not Maradona' [to him] as the papers wrote," exclaimed Lamela.

"Frankly I don't understand how certain things get out."

The former River Plate player proceeded to discuss his role in the team, and admitted that Roma must now prepare to step their game up a notch if they want to realise their ambitions for the season.

"I'm a playmaker, I like to help my team-mates during matches," he added. "My motto is: 'All for one and one for all'.

"I am very happy with my performance, but we have to work harder because we want to achieve important goals.

"We are far from first place, but we have to fight to finish in a Champions League spot," he concluded."