Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has insisted that there is no rift between him and Robin van Persie ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with Brazil.
Arsenal striker van Persie reacted badly to being substituted with ten minutes remaining during Holland’s 2-1 win over Slovakia and some reports suggested that he told manager Bert van Marwijk that Sneijder should have been the man to be replaced and not him.
However, Sneijder has moved to play down the situation, insisting that there is no problem between him and van Persie.
“Robin assured me that he had not said those words and I have no reason to doubt him,” the Inter midfielder insisted.
"I don't have a problem with him and I never have done. He was disappointed to come off, that one can understand and it really isn't a serious matter."
Van Persie has scored just one goal at the World Cup and endured an injury ravaged season with the Gunners.
After failing to fulfil their potential in previous tournaments, Sneijder, who won the treble with Inter, believes that the Dutch squad has the confidence to match Brazil in their last eight fixture.
"We will be united as never before against Brazil," he said. "We have already drawn a line under the last 16 match and we will be 120 per cent raring to go against Brazil."
With a seemingly easier draw against either Uruguay or Ghana in the semi-finals at stake for the winner, there is a real incentive for both sides ahead of Friday’s game.