Carlo Ancelotti has denied his apparent indifference to his fate as Chelsea manager could cause his players to slack off for the rest of the season.
Ancelotti last week claimed it would "not be a problem" if Roman Abramovich sacked him after overseeing what is set to be the club's worst campaign since the Russian billionaire's takeover.
Indeed, Ancelotti seemed all but resigned to losing his job in the summer yet, for now, he and his players are in limbo with six matches remaining this term.
With the Barclays Premier League title on the brink of being surrendered, there could be a danger of the squad losing their motivation over the course of the next month.
But Ancelotti said: "They are Chelsea players, they are professional. This is football, that sometimes the manager can change.
"They are working with me at this moment. Maybe they will work with me in the future. Maybe they will not work with me in the future, but with another coach."