Benitez refutes Gerrard’s claims

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Real Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez has accused Steven Gerrard of inflating the rift between the two at Liverpool in order to sell more copies of his book.

Quotes from the autobiography have been serialised in the Daily Mail as part of the PR campaign to drum up interest in the book ahead of its release.

One claim made by Gerrard suggests Benitez never got along with the former Liverpool captain, despite the 35-year-old remaining the Reds' captain throughout the Spanish coach's tenure with the club.

"I don't think Rafa Benitez liked me as a person. I'm not sure why, but that's the feeling I got from him," Gerrard wrote in the soon to be released book.

"I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers. Except for Rafa."

However, the Madrid manager said that simply was not the case, adding he believed it was a ploy to try and increase sales of the book.

"I have read the quotes and I believe he is wrong," Benitez said on Spanish television.

"Out of the respect that I have for Stevie and for the value and appreciation I have for him, and for Liverpool and the supporters, I think it's best to just let it pass.

"He has brought out a book and now I'm the Real Madrid manager. That sells," the 55-year-old concluded.