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Barcelona's Seydou Keita admits he does not speak to Pep Guardiola, apart from when out on the pitch.

Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has commented on his relationship with coach Pep Guardiola, and admitted that, just like former colleague Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he does not speak to Guardiola either.

Keita was speaking at a press conference after confirming that he had signed a contract extension to remain at the Camp Nou until the summer of 2014.

However, the Mali international did speak negatively about his boss, saying rather that he is at the club to work hard.

When asked about the relationship between Guardiola and Ibrahimovic, he commented: “I also do not speak to Guardiola. I am here to work and earn. The boss speaks to me on the field, and always makes sure that I am able to do the best for the team.”

Keita also spoke of the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and also of Cristiano Ronaldo picking up an ankle injury on the opening day of the season.

He added: “I have much respect for [Jose Mourinho] but we are not afraid. We have to protect everyone in our squad, not just some of our players.”

Keita’s new deal with Barcelona will see him remain with the club until the age of 34, should he choose to stay until the end of his deal.

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