The Blues missed out on signing Everton ace John Stones this summer, and have subsequently made a poor start to the campaign. This has drawn parallels with 2007, when the Portuguese left the club after a failed transfer window and troubled beginning to the season.
However, he is adamant that this time round he isn’t interested in moving on. Last time round, a falling out between the 52-year-old and owner Roman Abramovich played a prominent part in his departure, whereas there has been no rumours of a disagreement this year.
“I don’t want to leave the club, in any circumstances. And the club doesn’t want me to leave. I’m not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me. Look, when I was here in 2007, I had two things in my mind. Go to Spain and go to Italy.
“Today, I was in Spain and I was in Italy. I don’t want to go back. I want to stay here. That’s enough. That makes a difference. 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. It’s a difference too. So there are differences.”
He continued: “A few weeks ago I have two years contract. And now I have four. So it’s not the same.
“I repeat – I stay until Mr Abramovich wants. I had a contract that expires in two years’ time. And he gave me a contract that expires in four years’ time. So it makes a difference.”
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The Stamford Bridge outfit next face Everton, knowing that a victory is needed to keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester City. The Citizens have won all four of their games, while Chelsea have already suffered defeats to Crystal Palace and the Sky Blues themselves. A draw with Swansea City has also not helped their chances of defending their league title.