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Mo Diame on his critics & the fight with Jamaal Lascelles

"It was hard, but I’m 30 now so I’ve seen a lot of things and I’m ready for everything. I’ve just got to make sure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. And that’s by working hard and making sure that even if I’m not playing well, the fans feel that I am working for the team. I’ve got something to prove and I want to perform better for this team because since I’ve been here I haven’t played my best football. I know what I can give so I have been disappointed with what I have given to this club so far.

"It’s frustrating. After every game when you go home, you think a lot about situations you got on the pitch, and you think if you are at your best you don’t play like this. But I have been playing for a long time and you only need two games to feel good again. Now I feel fit, I feel good. It’s always easier when you have minutes and you play game after game. If you are playing one game, then dropped for three or four games, it is hard. But I’m sure I will get back and I will do my best to try and help the team achieve the target of staying up.

“When you hear about it, it’s as if we’d had a fight like Mayweather and McGregor, but it wasn’t like that. It was just an argument at training between me and Jamaal, but it was sorted 20 minutes after. We spoke together, we spoke with all the squad and it was finished. Me and Jamaal hadn’t had any problems before, we can go on holidays together, he is my mate. It happens in teams. It is just part of the job. It can happen in an office with people. We decided to go for a team meal together as it was important to make sure everyone knew it was just a small incident. We cancelled our Christmas party because of bad results but we always try to find some moments to enjoy together. When you see our games against West Ham and Stoke, we were fighting together – and this is something we need to keep doing.

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