Ireland midfielder Harry Arter has revealed that he had a clear the air phone call with assistant manager Roy Keane before his return to the Irish set-up for their games against Denmark and Wales.
Arter, who appeared in Ireland’s 0-0 draw against Denmark on Saturday, was involved in a much-publicised bust-up with Keane which led to the Cardiff City midfielder deciding to take a break from international football.
Speaking to The Irish Mirror, Arter outlined that he never sought an apology from Keane following the incident but he did admit that had the former Manchester United captain not contacted him, he may not have returned to the Irish fold.
“I never needed an apology, began Arter,” who was one of Ireland’s better players against Denmark.
“I never wanted a sorry, I never wanted anything like that, I wasn’t in a position to do that, to be honest with you.
“It was more, just, can we put this to bed for the sake of the team more than anyone.
“You don’t want to come away and feel uncomfortable within a group – and I feel more than happy to come away now.”
He added: “I wasn’t someone that was demanding anything. I’m not that sort of character.
“But what happened, I wasn’t happy with and that was it, really. That was my mindset. But if it would have stayed the same…”
Arter has been impressing during his loan spell with Cardiff in the Premier League despite the Bluebirds struggling to find their feet since making the step up to the top division.
He also outlined that his decision to take a brief hiatus from the international setup did not cause him to fall-out with any of his Irish teammates, outlining that he has “never had a problem with anyone in football.”
“The lads have all backed me for what I have done,” Arter said. “I get on really well with all the lads – there has been no problem with any of my teammates.
“And to be brutally honest, I have never had a problem with anyone in football.
“All my team-mates at Bournemouth, Cardiff and Ireland will all say they’ve never had a problem with me”