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Jan 13, 2009

Benitez bemused by reports of new rift at Anfield

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has rubbished reports that he was on a collision course with owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks over his new contract.

Newspaper reports on Tuesday claimed Benitez was demanding full control over transfers, removing chief executive Rick Parry from the process, as well as a greater say in how the club's Academy is run.

Benitez was also said to be unhappy with a delay over the signing of his new deal which would take him until the summer of 2013. But the boss has now insisted there is no problem and the claims that his agent was becoming impatient are wide of the mark.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "My agent only received the draft document of my contract yesterday evening.

"So my surprise is that some journalists can talk about there being problems before I have even read it properly and discussed it.

"We have agreed the length of contract and we have agreed the salary. Now we have to discuss my role and my responsibilities as manager of the club.

"But we haven't had the opportunity to do that. Someone has information and clearly wants to create a mess, but I haven't discussed anything yet.

"I don't have any problems at all with the American owners.''

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