Allan Saint-Maximin has spoken to his Newcastle United teammates to resolve any anger that might have emerged from his French interview.
Magpies head coach Eddie Howe called a team meeting on Friday to prevent any fallouts from the 25-year-old’s ‘out of context’ interview with magazine So Foot.
During the interview, Saint-Maximin appeared to criticise his teammates, suggesting he’d have more assists this season if Newcastle possessed better attackers.
Following United’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Howe revealed the outcome of the meeting.
“Yeah, all good,” Howe said. “No problems internally with the squad. We’ve have moved on from it.”
Howe stuck by Saint-Maximin and started him against Manchester City, where United lost 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Frenchman should have an early assist but Chris Wood, perhaps ironically, disappointingly headed straight at Ederson.
From then on, City cruised to a comfortable victory following a brace from Raheem Sterling and goals from Aymeric Laporte and substitute Phil Foden.
Asked about Saint-Maximin’s performance, Howe said: “I thought Maxi, you saw second half he had more of the ball, was a really counter threat. He had moments.
“But I think when you play against Manchester City you only ever get sporadic moments as an attacking player. It is so difficult to get the ball off them.
“He would have been frustrated as you want more of the ball, more of a chance to impact, but it is difficult, as a team, as most do when they come here, to get enough possession to see your attacking players really influence the match.”