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16/07/2013 10:37 BST

Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova Angry With Pep Guardiola Over Cancer Rehab

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 25: Head coach Pep Guardiola (R) of Barcelona looks on beside his assistant Tito Vilanova during the Copa del Rey Final match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 25: Head coach Pep Guardiola (R) of Barcelona looks on beside his assistant Tito Vilanova during the Copa del Rey Final match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova today claimed former colleague Pep Guardiola "wasn't there for me" during his rehabilitation from cancer.

In the latest chapter of what has turned into an unseemly row between Guardiola and the club he served with such distinction as coach and player, Vilanova admitted he had been disappointed by the new Bayern Munich coach's conduct.

Vilanova underwent treatment for salivary gland cancer earlier this year in New York, where Guardiola was taking a year-long sabbatical after leaving the Nou Camp hot-seat at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell had previously suggested Guardiola had made little attempt to visit Vilanova in the United States, claims furiously contested by Guardiola, who then claimed the club were using the issue to "cause him damage".

Rosell last night attempted to diffuse the row by calling Guardiola "the best manager in the history of the club" but Vilanova himself re-opened it today.

He said at a press conference: "People aren't interested in personal matters, but Pep got it wrong and I'm surprised by his comments.

"No-one on the board used my illness to attack him. The club tried to help me as much as possible.

"He visited me once in New York when I'd just arrived, but during my recovery from the operation... I was there for two months and I didn't see him.

"He's my friend and I needed him, but he wasn't there for me. I would have done things differently."

Vilanova disputed the suggestion the pair had fallen out after he succeeded him as Barca boss.