Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been told he has no guaranteed first team place under manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The News of the World says the new Blues boss drew up a backbone of nine ‘untouchables' for his first Premier League campaign. They are keeper Petr Cech, defenders John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa, midfielders Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Deco plus striker Didier Drogba.