John Terry's off the pitch indiscretions appear to have divided two nations after he was stripped of the England captaincy by Fabio Capello.
The England manager relieved Terry of his duties following a week of furore over the defender's affair with former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.
Capello hopes his actions are enough to persuade Bridge to remain within the England set-up but while one Italian stripped Terry of the captain's armband, fellow countryman Carlo Ancelotti was standing solidly behind him.
"If the private life of one player doesn't involve or impinge upon his professional life, I don't have a problem," said Ancelotti. "If John comes to the training ground but is not able to train because he's tired or nervous, I can be interested then.
"But he comes here and trains very well. He's always ready to train, always focused, always involved. He didn't kill anybody. Here, he will find a good place to stay. I want to support John. We want to support John. It's not an easy moment for him, I think. But nothing else.
"I have a very good relationship with John in the training ground. I'm not interested in anything else. I'm not interested in the private life of anybody. I train a club and Capello trains a national team. That could be different. To maintain the captain as John Terry at Chelsea is my decision."