Jose Mourinho thanked Roman Abramovich for giving him a public vote of confidence.
Chelsea’s billionaire owner took the unusual step of authorising a statement of support for Blues boss Mourinho after the champions’ nightmare start to the season.
The club’s pledge to stand by their man Mourinho was the first time Chelsea have ever publicly backed a boss in the Abramovich era.
And Mourinho said: “That makes me proud. It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I keep working.”
Mourinho also hit back at former England boss Fabio Capello who claimed Mourinho “burns out” his players mentally after two years.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho said: “I read what Capello said: I think a coach with his story had better talk about football without comment on the work of his colleagues.
“I could have commented on his job as coach for England or the Russian one, and I never did. Because I prefer to respect the negative moments of my colleagues.
“I prefer to talk more of Fabio Capello in the many beautiful moments of his career, full of extraordinary success.”
Capello’s claims came after Chelsea slumped to 16th place in the Premier League following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.