Chelsea posted an angry statement in defence of winger Eden Hazard after the Belgian was snubbed from the PFA player of the year XI.
The Blues winger has been heavily linked with am one to Real Madrid in the summer.
“Our No.10 is enjoying an outstanding season full of eye-catching moments and his non-selection is being widely described as a surprise omission,” wrote Chelsea.
“Certainly his headline statistics from the current season cannot have counted against him when the votes were cast.
“Hazard is enjoying his best Premier League campaign to date when it comes to goals and assists combined, and indeed he tops the table for that total across the all the players at all 20 clubs.
“One more goal in the remaining three matches and he will have surpassed his 16 scored in the league in 2016/17. His 13 assists is already two greater than his best previous Premier League tally, which came in his first season here in 2012/13.
“The PFA Teams of the Year are determined by the votes of the professional footballers in each respective division.
“This year’s Premier League selection very much reflects the two teams contesting for the title with all but one of the 11 named coming from those two sides, although Mohamed Salah is not one of them. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in midfield is the odd one out in coming from a different club.”