Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo insists there is no problem between him and team-mate Kaka.
Kaka reportedly walked out on a pre-World Cup training session at the weekend, furious with a challenge made by Melo.
However, Melo claims a photographed published was misinterpreted, claiming he was actually trying to help Kaka up following a hard tackle by Robinho.
Melo said: “I’m not a bad person. The way they had it, it seems like I’m a bad person.
“If I go hard in a challenge, it’s because it’s the way I play, but not because I’m a bad person.
“I have family, they see this and they will come to me asking why I’m doing this to Kaka.”
A statement from the Brazil Football Confederation backed up Melo’s claim of mistaken identity.
It read: “Felipe Melo felt he was unjustly blamed for something that never happened. He is Kaka’s friend.”
Melo is now considering taking legal action against the Brazilian newspaper that initially ran the story.
Ladbrokes are offering 66/1 on Kaka winning the Golden Boot and Brazil winning the World Cup this summer.
Team-mate Luis Fabiano is 22/1, while Nilmar is 50/1 and Robinho 80/1.