Do the Cesc Fabregas denials help Jose Mourinho's cause?
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has moved to dismiss suggestions that he is the leader of a dressing room revolt against manager Jose Mourinho, yet fresh reports suggest the Blues boss may be a matter of days from being sack.
Reports that a Chelsea first team player had stated he "would rather lose than win for him" when asked about his feelings towards Mourinho fuelled suspicion that a dressing room rebellion was undermining the Blues' disastrous season.
Chelsea are 15th in the Premier League after losing six of their first 11 matches, with Fabregas' woeful form doing little to lift the gloom that has descended on Mourinho.
Yet the Spanish international has denied that he is the chief orchestrator of a campaign against Mourinho, as he took to twitter to offer these comments:
I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports form some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea (...)— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 3, 2015
..and have an excellent relationship with the manager. There maybe certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club ...— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 3, 2015
... but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 3, 2015
It seems unlikely that Fabregas' messages will quell the suspicion that Mourinho has lost the support of key members of his dressing room, with odds makers now installing the two-time Champions League winner as hit favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has stated that the club should stand by Mourinho for now, but he admits time is running out for him to keep his job at Stamford Bridge.
"We have had a lot of managers, and it might look messy, but we have got a lot of Premier League titles and a Champions League," reflected Lampard on the ever-changing managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
"What has been said recently is they want stability, so that's the interesting thing to see now.
"Stability is the ideal. Manchester United were the ideal with Sir Alex Ferguson and the same with the great Liverpool managers of the past, it's the ideal.
"You want to see a manager stay, you want to see young players coming through, and that's the intriguing thing to see now, to see if Chelsea stick with him.
"He's got a four-year contract and he has got the best record as Chelsea manager. He is proven world class, and I think they should stick with him."
Mourinho is due to face the media on Tuesday ahead of his side's vital Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Fresh reports suggest Mourinho will be sacked after Saturday's Premier League game at Stoke, where he will not be in attendance due to a stadium ban handed down to him by the Football Association.