Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will see his contract out until 2010.
Responding to reports that owner Roman Abramovich wants to replace him with a coaching team of Guus Hiddink of Russia and Frank Rijkaard of FC Barcelona, Mourinho said before Sunday's FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest that he expected to still be at Stamford Bridge next season and beyond.
"I don't have to be confident," he said. "I have a contract that runs until 2010 and that's a very important thing. I am manager today and until the end of the season, and I believe I will be manager until 2010."
A midseason form slump prompted speculation that Mourinho had fallen out with Abramovich and was annoyed he'd not been given funds to strengthen his playing squad during the transfer window.
The Russian billionaire has been absent from Chelsea's last few games, but Mourinho dismissed reports that they were avoiding each other.
"Yes, we speak," Mourinho said. "He speaks to me and to (Chelsea chief executive) Peter Kenyon. "Roman is not in London for quite a long time. But he is chairman of this club and he doesn't have to give any explanations about his personal life.
"And when he is back he is always welcome in our space, in our dressing room."