Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has laughed off suggestions that the club are better off without Arjen Robben in their starting XI.
Robben has not hidden his disappointment at being left on the bench in recent matches after coming back from a month-long injury absence.
However, Bayern extended their winning streak to 10 matches while the Holland international was out, leading to claims from some quarters that Bayern are better off without him.
However, Hoeness admitted that reading such opinions just makes him laugh.
"It is an absolute cheek from some ignorant people," he told Kicker magazine.
"In previous years, the question has always been asked what FC Bayern are worth without Robben, and now he should not even have a place in the team.
"It cannot be true. It's the joke of the year."
Peace and quiet
Robben played the second half against Hoffenheim last weekend and could not prevent their winning streak from ending with a 0-0 draw.
Like just a few days earlier when he played only a handful of minutes in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester City, Robben appeared annoyed when he left the field at the final whistle, but Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said there is no problem with him.
"The issue is being blown out of proportion," he said. "It is just an issue for the journalists.
"He should be left in peace and quiet. He is not angry, he is just dissatisfied."
Despite not being 100 per cent fit, Robben has nevertheless been released by Bayern to join his national team for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.