posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 08:38 AM
France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has dismissed speculation that he is unsettled at Manchester United and looking for a move.
The 31-year-old, in Paris with Les Bleus as they prepare to host the Confederations Cup, is certain he can remain number one at Old Trafford despite
the possible arrival of American goalkeeper Tim Howard.
"For me, everything is going perfectly well," Barthez said in L'Equipe.
"I am 200% relaxed. For me, there is no debate. I still feel very happy in Manchester so I will stay there. There is no problem at all."
Barthez was dropped for United's last three Premiership games of the season after conceding six goals in the two legs of the Champions League
quarter-final against Real Madrid.
The World Cup-winner revealed on Friday at France's training camp that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson angrily criticised him at half-time during the
quarter-final second leg after Barthez let a snap-shot from Ronaldo sneak past him to give Madrid the lead.
"During our Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid, Ferguson was really angry at me during the break, but then a few days later
came back to me and admitted I could do nothing to stop that goal."
His demotion to the bench was hard to take for a player who has won everything with France, but Barthez insisted the blow to his pride was part and
parcel of a footballer's life.
Speaking about team selection, he said: "That is not for me to decide, I am not the boss. Of course it is hard to cope with, but that's the job.
"A goalkeeper can do well for four months but still experience a bad spell in four consecutive matches."