Reports are out claiming that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he has no problem with captain John Terry.
Mourinho has defended his decision not to play Terry in the club’s Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in midweek.
He said: “For John the situation with me hasn’t changed since 2004. It is exactly the same situation and the situation is clear for him since 2004.
“I make my options, I play who I want I don’t care what you say about it, you media pundits. I don’t think about the consequences.
“I play the player I think is the best for that game for that moment and John has known that since 2004.
“During John’s time with me he has had so many examples of big players staying out. I did that all the time in Real Madrid, Inter [Milan], Chelsea, Porto. I did that all the time.
“When I do, I don’t look at the passport or the ID or to the age. I am just looking for a performance level. And John knows that very, very well.
“I don’t care but I don’t think John deserves somebody to say he has a problem with me. He doesn’t deserve that. I don’t even speak about myself.
“But the way he always behaves, the way he is a top professional in this club with me I don’t think he deserves any kind of doubt about what he is as a professional and as a captain in this club.”