Harry Kewell has hit back at Leeds United and Australia team-mate Mark Viduka, by revealing that he does not understand why his compatriot claimed the pair are not on speaking terms.

Viduka alleged in an interview at the weekend that he and Kewell did not get on and barely exchanged a word either at Leeds or while on international duty.

However, Kewell was bemused by the comments attributed to Viduka.

“I have never had a problem withMark and have no idea what he’s trying to achieve with his comments,” he said.

“I’m sure his comments will disappoint fans of Leeds and Australia alike.

“I’ve always believed that a player’s boots should do the talking. Nothing has changed.”

The dispute betweenn two of the club’s high profile players is hardly likely to improve the atmosphere at crisis-hit Leeds. Yesterday’s 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Charlton saw Leeds drop to fifth bottom in the Premier League and icnreased thepressureon beleaguered boss Terry Venables.