Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation he will walk away from the club at the end of the season.
“I don’t have to be confident I am staying. I have a contract until 2010, which is important,” he said after Chelsea’s FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
“I am manager today, I am the manager until the end of the season and I believe I will be the manager until the end of 2010.
“If I believe what I read in the press there are 11 candidates for my job but I don’t get influenced by that.”
Despite the reports of unrest at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho says that he remains focussed on the job in hand.
“I just want to do my work well – the best I can,” he added. “The players feel that I am exactly the same – with the same desires and motivation.
“We are together to chase our targets and we are alive in all of them.”
Mourinho refused to discuss his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
“The only thing I can tell you 100% for sure is that everyone at this club wants to win,” stated Mourinho.
“That is the most important thing and when I read that we are not pushing in the same direction that is completely untrue.
“Roman and I speak. We speak as always but with a difference.
“The difference is that Roman is not in London for quite a long time but I have no complaints about that because he is the owner of this club and he does not have to give any explanation about his professional and personal life.
“He pays me and chief executive Peter Kenyon quite a lot to run this club so he does not have to be around.
“When he is back he is always welcome in our dressing room. When he is not around it is because he has other things to do or he prefers to do other things.”