Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not leave Chelsea and nor will the club sack him, with the Portuguese dismissing similarities drawn between his current tenure and the bitter end to his first spell.
The reigning Premier League champions have recorded just one victory in their opening four games this season, with his side’s two defeats so far just one short of the three they suffered in the league in all of last season.
Chelsea’s current form, coupled with off-the-field issues such as a row with his medical staff, has left some believing that Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge could draw to a close soon.
The Portuguese boss has dismissed such claims, saying that neither party want to bring to an end his tenure.
“Let’s be objective. I don’t want to leave the club, in any circumstances,” he told a press conference. “And the club doesn’t want me to leave. I’m not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me.
“If somebody, anyone, thinks that I walk, or I leave the job, it’s somebody that doesn’t know. Chelsea fans know me for good and for bad and that’s not my profile, to run away from problems, in this case to run away from bad results.”
After the revelations that Mourinho didn’t want to purchase deadline day signing Papy Djilobodji, some have drawn parallels to his first reign, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich famously signing Andriy Shevchenko without the go-ahead from the manager.
Mourinho left by ‘mutual consent’ in 2007 after a trophy-laden spell at the club, and the 52-year-old insists that his desire to work in Italy and Spain was the decisive factor in that decision, not Abramovich’s call.
“When I was here in 2007, I had two things in my mind: go to Spain and go to Italy,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to go back. I want to stay here. That’s enough.
“Mr Abramovich in 2007, in his football life, if you can say that, he knows only two managers: [Claudio] Ranieri and myself. In this moment, he knows, how many? Ten? He knows a lot of them. He knows a lot of them.
“I repeat: I stay until Mr Abramovich wants. A few weeks ago [I had] a contract that expired in two years’ time. And he gave me a contract that expires in four years’ time.”
Mourinho then addressed his side’s poor form, with a Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Everton looming following the international break.
“We have one problem: We are not getting the results we always expect to get. That’s our problem.’
“I’m not happy and I’m happy that I’m not happy,” he added. “I work harder than ever. I’m optimistic, I trust the players. I repeat, the players trust me.
“It’s not such a hard situation because you feel that better results will arrive. We are going to leave this situation, for sure.”