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“We Spoke Like Men” – Arter Gives Insight Into “Resolved” Keane Dispute

Irish midfielder Harry Arter has revealed that he and assistant manager Roy Keane have put their issues behind them with the Cardiff City man insisting the pair “spoke like men” to resolve the tension.

Arter and Keane had a hugely publicised row over the summer which led to the 28-year-old making himself unavailable for international selection.

The Cardiff City man returned to the fold against Denmark and Wales however, playing and impressing in both games as the heated dispute appeared to be behind the pair.

Speaking to The Sun, Arter confirmed that there was no hard feelings between the two men following their clear the air talks which saw Arter return to the Irish setup.

“We spoke like men and it’s water under the bridge,” Arter said. “I wasn’t happy with what happened.

“I pulled out as it was best for myself and, most importantly, the squad.

“The good thing is, it’s been sorted. It wasn’t an apology I was after.

“I can take having arguments with people – that’s part of life.

“But I don’t like that sort of confrontation and wasn’t sure what the situation was between me and Roy.”

Details of the dispute became public when when a WhatsApp voice message from Ireland defender Stephen Ward was leaked online, but Arter was keen to point out that he did not feel “disappointed” by the Burnley man’s actions.

“I know Wardy was really disappointed about that, for the camp and for those involved.

“But he’s a great lad and I’d say the camp is a happy one now.

“Everyone is trying to fix what we need to fix and that’s picking up more results.”

Arter will be looking to stay involved in the Irish squad as the Boys in Green take on Northern Ireland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League in Aarhus next month.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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