Chelsea have hit out at claims that Michael Ballack's Stamford Bridge future is in doubt following his decision to have ankle surgery back in Germany.
Media stories suggested the Blues were unhappy with the Germany captain's conduct after he allegedly had surgery to correct an ankle problem without their knowledge.
Ballack has not played since suffering the injury in the goalless draw with Newcastle United on April 22 and following the surgery will not play again this season.
But Chelsea have denied claims they were kept in the dark about Ballack's treatment and insist they sanctioned the operation following consultation with the club's medical department.
"In answer to recent speculation regarding Michael Ballack's injury, nobody's future at Chelsea Football Club was ever in doubt following his operation," read a club statement.
"There is also no doubt that Michael has put Chelsea's interests first.
"On speculation regarding the diagnosis of the injury, this has never been an issue. There was a debate on when an operation should take place, and there was a final agreement on that surgery taking place.
"Chelsea and all its players have full confidence in our medical team headed by Bryan English and his professional reputation.
"All parties involved have discussed these issues and endorsed this statement. There will be no further comment from anyone."