Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has insisted that captain John Terry will not be joining Manchester City.
City boss Mark Hughes confirmed on Tuesday that he is still interested in signing the England skipper, despite having a recent £30m bid for the 28-year-old rejected.
But Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, said: “He’s not available at any price.
“He’s got a three-year contract. He’s told us he doesn’t want to go and we don’t want him to go. End of story.
“I don’t know what they [City] are offering but I’m confident John is going to remain with us.
“John is a talisman, he’s the heart of Chelsea, he came through our academy, he’s our captain and he’s also become captain of England while he’s been with us. We’re very confident John will be remaining here as captain of Chelsea.
“We’re not going to sell John so from that point of view it’s really irrelevant what another club will offer. He’s too important to us. We’re very confident he will be leading us forward in the years to come.”
The statement from Kenyon comes after Hughes confirmed that he was interested in signing the defender.
“We think we could offer him a different challenge,” said Hughes.
“When you have been with a club a long time, you get to a point when a change of scenery could reignite you.”
Hughes spent the majority of his career at Manchester United before moving to Chelsea in 1995 for £1.5m.
“I have fantastic respect for John Terry, ever since I saw him as a young player when I was at Chelsea as a player myself,” added Hughes.
“He’s a great player and an outstanding captain but he’s very much a Chelsea player at this moment in time.”
City have reportedly offered Terry a £200,000-a-week deal, but Hughes insisted that money would not be the deciding factor.
“It’s not a question of finance, or money, it is about a different challenge,” he said.
“It is about John being at a different stage in his life and career, and maybe that is why there hasn’t been a response (to commit himself to Chelsea) because John is seriously thinking in those terms.
“I went through that process as a player and I can understand if that is the way he is thinking.”