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Gervinho agent denies contract rift

The agent of Roma forward Gervinho has poured cold water on reports that his client could quit over a contract dispute.

Reports that ex-Arsenal man Gervinho could quit Roma after not receiving a pay rise aren't true, according to the player's agent.

It was suggested in French newspaper L'Equipe that Roma had been stunned by Gervinho declaring he wanted to leave as he felt under-appreciated.

The report came as something of a shock as Gervinho has been reborn at Roma after struggling at Arsenal and has always stressed how happy he is at the club.

The paper believed that Gervinho had been angered by the lack of financial reward after a successful season with the Giallorossi, but one of the player's agents insists the story was fabrication.

"This whole business is the club's doing," Diamane Dembele told the Corriere dello Sport.

"Gervinho hasn't said anything about this."

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Roma are determined to keep hold of Gervinho and any club wishing to prise him away will need to spend around £35m activating his rescission clause and paying various other fees.

Gervinho is reportedly unaware of where the rumour started from and Roma are said to be holding an inquest to find out who leaked the rumour to the press.

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