Hleb 'has a problem' with Gross

Hleb 'has a problem' with Gross

Published Mar. 1, 2010 11:36 a.m. ET

Alexander Hleb insists there is no chance he will stay at Stuttgart after being frustrated at how he is used by coach Christan Gross.

The former Arsenal man, who is on loan at Stuttgart from Barcelona, was unhappy after being substituted for the ninth successive Bundesliga game by Gross in the win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hleb expects to return to Barcelona at the end of his loan spell as he does not get on with Gross.

"My contract says I can only play 60 minutes a game," Hleb said sarcastically. "But the team plays much better without me and so Gross did the right thing.

"I do not know what he expects from me, but I have a problem with him. We talked, but nothing was achieved. My chances of staying here? Zero per cent."

Gross has played down any problem with Hleb, insisting he is only focused on winning games for Stuttgart.

"I am the manager and we want to win those matches," said Gross. "I want to win those matches with Alex."