Bayer Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller insists Michael Ballack still has a future at the club, even though he was left out of the starting XI again on Saturday.
The former Germany captain spent the entire 90 minutes of Leverkusen's 1-0 win over Stuttgart on the bench and left the stadium afterwards without talking to journalists, increasing speculation that he is to seek a move away from the club this week.
However, Voller says his time will also come and, with Leverkusen playing in the Champions League this season, they need a large squad with lots of rotation for every match.
"We are far more relaxed about this than many people think from the outside,'' he said. "There are other players who are not playing at the moment too, and he played last weekend anyway.
"We definitely need everybody. There will be times when other players will be glad of a break because they are worn out.''
Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt gave Ballack the captain's armband last weekend when Simon Rolfes was dropped to the bench and the roles were reversed yesterday, but he felt he got his choice right once again.
"Lars Bender and Simon Rolfes had a very good game and so there was no need to make a substitution,'' he said.
Nevertheless, after making it clear that Ballack and Rolfes will not appear in his team together, Dutt is going to have to disappoint one of them each week.