Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has taken to Twitter to deny he is the leader of a dressing room revolt against under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho.
Fabregas, who was dropped for the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, was named by former Guardian columnist The Secret Footballer as the ringleader in a plot against Mourinho.
The Secret Footballer Tweeted that Fabregas is "the leader of a mini-revolt" on Monday night.
The speculation comes hot on the back of BBC journalist Garry Richardson stating on Radio 5 Live that one Chelsea player would "rather lose than win" for the Portuguese, who is under intense pressure after an awful start to the season.
Chelsea have suffered nine losses in 17 games in all competitions this season, but Fabregas backed his boss, who has continually insisted his players are behind him.
Fabregas wrote on Twitter: "I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports from some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager.
"There may be certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club, but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again."
Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Group G on Wednesday night and at Stoke in the Premier League.
The Blues are 15th in the Premier League, with six losses from 11 games.
Mourinho will serve a one-match stadium ban at Stoke unless an appeal is submitted against the sanction imposed on Monday following his half-time dismissal at West Ham on October 24.
Addititonal reporting from PA
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