Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has admitted that his relationship with Luis Figo has deteriorated since he dropped the Portuguese winger.
“We used to talk to each other but since he has been out of the team he has stopped greeting me. I speak with him on a professional basis but on a personal level it is something different,” Luxemburgo told a news conference.
Figo has not started a game for Real since early April, prompting speculation that the 32-year-old could be leaving the club in the close season.
“If he returns next year I will have no problems working with him. I am the boss and he is my player and he has to respect that, but I don’t have any problems with him or anyone,” Luxemburgo said.
“His reaction to being dropped is understandable. He has been professional, but on a personal level I would have reacted differently.”