Chelsea have dismissed claims that they have not contacted defender John Terry over Manchester City’s £30m offer for him last week.
“It is total nonsense – we’ve spoken to him a number of times. He knows he’s not for sale,” the club said.
The London club added that Terry was pleased the club felt that way and that they will hold talks with him when he returns from holiday.
Earlier this week, new manager Carlo Ancelotti said the skipper was invaluable to the club.
“John Terry is the symbol of this team, he will be captain,” said the Italian.
“He wants to stay at Chelsea forever and we want to keep him forever. There is a question of Manchester City but for Terry there is no price.”
Chairman Bruce Buck added: “As a Chelsea fan I’d be devastated if John left but that’s not going to happen – John Terry is synonymous with Chelsea and Chelsea is synonymous with him.
“He has been here since he was a wee tot, he is captain of the club and captain of England. He is the backbone of our team and is not leaving.”
City, for their part, are thought to be refusing to make a third official offer for the player until he speaks publicly. The club are aware that, if Terry goes on the record to confirm his desire to continue at Chelsea, that may, for the time being, be the end of the matter.
Terry has played 272 games for Chelsea and scored 17 goals for the club.