Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has given his side of the story on a previous bust-up with teammate Mohamed Diame.
Earlier in the season, the pair had clashed on the training pitch, causing Jonjo Shelvey to intervene, which left the midfielder with a broken finger.
Lascelles has been Newcastle’s captain since August last year, despite the defender being just 23 years of age.
Injury hampered the centre-back in the Championship last season, but in the 2017-18 campaign, the former Nottingham Forest player has been in fine form.
Lascelles has shown impressive leadership skills at the back, and he has even contributed with two Premier League goals.
The defender has been a major reason why Rafael Benitez’s team find themselves in and around the top half of the table rather than battling it out in the bottom three.
While speaking to Alan Shearer on the BBC’s The Premier League Show, Lascelles explained that having a bust-up with Diame has made him become a better leader.
“I just didn’t like what I saw. If we fall out we fall out. If it gets to blows, it gets to blows but I’ve got to do my job – that’s why I have the armband.
“I guess I can be a bit hands on but I’m still learning. I’m only 23 I’ve got a long way to go in that sense. We’ve got a group of players who are trying their best and definitely with this group of boys they all get that.”