Gabby Agbonlahor isn’t shocked by reports of a training ground fight between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga, insisting incidents like that ‘happen all the time’ at football clubs.
Neither player featured in the Stamford Bridge clash and Agbonlahor believes it’s the anger of not playing that led to the incident happening in the first place.
On how often training ground fights happen at football clubs, Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “Once or twice a week, it’s normal. Especially every Sunday.
“When players aren’t in the starting line-up on a Saturday, normally you train on a Sunday and no one’s happy. No one’s happy to be in on a Sunday, no one’s happy that they’re not playing.
“Sometimes players are going to be angry, shoving each other and it happens a lot.”
The former Aston Villa star later revealed he was disciplined for the odd training ground confrontation and also told a story about a fight between Leandro Bacuna and Kieran Richardson – and the hilarious critique then-Villa assistant Roy Keane provided afterwards.
Agbonlahor added: “I was sent in from training for a couple of bad tackles, as you do! You feel like the naughty kid outside the headmaster’s office waiting for the gaffer to come in, you have to apologise.
“Tempers do go in the air. I remember Leandro Bacuna and Kieran Richardson training on a Sunday and they were swinging it out – no one connected, it was 0-0!
“But after it finished, Roy Keane was like ‘well, you both need boxing lessons for starters, no one connected, we call that a bore draw!’
The only thing that worries Agbonlahor and fellow talkSPORT host Jamie O’Hara, who had his fair share of bust-ups with teammates , is the fact that the story made it to the press in the first place.
Agbonlahor said: “It happens all the time. After training, it’s forgotten so to get that leaked from Chelsea makes you think ‘who’s leaking things?’”
While O’Hara added: “That’s worse, the leaking in the camp. That’s what you don’t need.”