Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has rubbished reports that Michael Ballack could be sold in the January transfer window.
There has been mounting speculation about Ballack’s future at Stamford Bridge since he was left out of Chelsea’s squad for the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster admitted this week that he had tried to sign Ballack over the summer, and hinted that he may make a fresh approach for the German international in January.
However, Kenyon insists Ballack will not be going anywhere when the transfer window reopens.
“We should kill that one, not just for now but for January,” said Kenyon.
“Any suggestion of a transfer in January is rubbish. That is just something that is not helpful to the player or the club and we should concentrate on the facts.
“There have been no discussions. The decision to leave Michael out of the squad is purely medical.
“There is no confusion, absolutely no confusion. The German medical team, our medical team and the player all know what the situation is. There’s been several huge and incorrect misinterpretations going on with regards to Michael Ballack.
“The situation is very clear, he’s injured. He’s been injured for close to five months and he’s still injured. Our only concern at Chelsea is getting him back fit to start playing, initially for Chelsea and then for Germany.
“It was unclear and it is still unclear when he will be available to return to play football and we as a football club, which is medical team and football club in general, took a decision with regards to his inclusion in the Champions League squad.
“We would like to draw a line under this situation once and for all. We would like to move on.”