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Gabriel Batistuta has been swift to deny reports that he does not get on with new Internazionale team-mate and compatriot Hernan Crespo.

The Argentinian is expected to complete his move from Roma today, and admits that he is glad to be leaving the capital.

“In that last few weeks things were very tough for me,” admitted Batistuta.

“I received a lot of criticism and I didn’t feel I was getting recognition when I did do something right.

“My relationship with Fabio Capello is normal – and it is certainly not the case that we argued over him not picking me in my final weeks.

“It is normal that this happens when negotiations are held up.”

It had been suggested that the 34-year-old did nopt get on with Hernan Crespo – the injured Inter striker whose place Batistuta is expected to take.

The pair were in direct competition for the striking berth in the Argentinian national team, with Crespo occupying the role in the qualifiers before being supplanted by Batisuta in the finals. However, the veteran Batistuta denies talk of a rift.

“Now I have read in some parts of the press that I am having problems with Hernan Crespo because we are at the same club,’ he said.

“That is simply not the case.

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