Aston Villa manager Remi Garde insists there is no rift within his squad as they fight for survival. There have been suggestions of problems in the camp but Garde has strongly refuted the claims. Bottom side Villa go to Manchester City on Saturday eight points from safety and look certain to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League.But Garde insisted skipper Micah Richards came and spoke to him after Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat to Everton and assured him the players do not have issues with each other.“I’m surprised this kind of stuff goes out because I strongly believe it is not the case simply because I had the captain of the team, Micah, in my office after the last game,” he said. “We had a private chat. I don’t want to say exactly what was talked about but to sum it up it was the exact opposite of what you’re saying.“It’s strange that it came out now. Four or five weeks ago nobody was talking about that.“All of a sudden, when you lose a game in football everything is strange. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what has been coming out or what people are reading or listening.“But some of the stuff that has been reported is completely wrong. Once again this is football, when you lose games you have to deal with problems that don’t even exist.”Villa have lost five of their last six games – conceding 11 in their last three matches, including a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool – and Garde conceded spirits are low.“Enjoying is not the word when you’re bottom of the league,” he said. “Nobody enjoys it when you’re bottom of the league. I’m not enjoying it.” Remi Garde’s side go to Manchester City on Saturday eight points from safety 1
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