Chelsea captain John Terry has distanced himself from reports of a rift with manager Rafael Benitez after returning to the side for the 4-0 FA Cup win against Brentford.
Terry has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Chelsea side following his return from a knee injury. And while Benitez put the lack of action down to the former England international's lack of fitness, newspaper reports have suggested all is not well between the two.
"It's complete rubbish," he told ITV. "There are stories today in the papers, but it is complete lazy journalism. "The manager knows me and knows I want to play but I've been out for three or four months but the other two (centre-backs) have been doing well so there's a lot of competition in the side and we'll all fight for it."
Benitez backed up Terry's claim that there was no problems behind the scenes, adding: "Clearly you can see, he's on the pitch, he's training."
The Blues have now claimed three wins in a row and Benitez is keen to continue the run as Chelsea seek to improve their Premier League standing and maintain a chance of silverware by continuing in the FA Cup.
"In football you have to win games, in a top side it's even more important," he said. "I said before this is a team in transition, little by little we will see if we can improve."
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler felt the final scoreline was harsh on his side who had managed to hold Chelsea for the first half before capitulating after the break.
"I think we did very well, I think we made their life very difficult," he said.
"It's disappointing that they scored (the first goal through Juan Mata) from a long kick (and) a shot from outside the box. (It was a) little disappointing the scoreline in the end was four, not really reflecting (the game)."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.