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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007, 11:15 GMT
Kenyon denies Chelsea unrest talk
Roman Abramovich (left) and Jose Mourinho
Mourinho (right) is said to be at odds with owner Abramovich
Peter Kenyon has again dismissed talk of a rift between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has been tipped for a summer exit but chief executive Kenyon told BBC Five Live Sport: "The owner and the board fully support Jose as manager.

"Jose has also made statements this week that he loves Chelsea, he likes living in London and his contract until 2010 he intends to see through.

"There is a healthy tension in the club - focused on moving Chelsea forward."

The Premiership champions, who last Thursday played down reports of unrest at the club, dropped another three points with a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

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And newspaper reports have again suggested that Mourinho and Abramovich are not on speaking terms.

But Kenyon added: "It's quite amazing that because we have lost again that this thing gets reignited.

I think it is fair to say with John Terry and Frank Lampard we are well down the line with new contracts

Peter Kenyon

"Within Chelsea it's business as usual. On all the key issues the manager, the owner, the chief executive and the board are involved and that hasn't changed and it won't change.

"To be successful we have to have a team that is together.

"Like any business we don't all come to the table with the same view. We deal with those things around the table and internally.

"I think we are lucky to be involved in what is the best league in the world and with that comes lots of different responsibilities and lots of different pressures.

"As far as we are concerned we respect the job Jose has done. We selected and brought him on board and gave him a contract until 2010. We want him to achieve the long term goals of Chelsea."

Asked if Kenyon was 100% sure that Mourinho would be at Chelsea next season, he said: "Why not? There is nothing happening to suggest he isn't."

Kenyon admitted their move for Bolton's Tal Ben Haim was virtually dead and all but ruled out a major signing in the January transfer market.

Frank Lampard (left) and John Terry
Lampard and Terry are expected to sign new deals before next season
He added: "We had three centre-backs out yesterday but the January market is notoriously difficult in terms of quality players available.

"We are continuing to see if there is anyone we can bring in and the window is still open."

However, Kenyon was adamant that Chelsea will not be selling any players in January and he is hopeful the club will soon tie key pair Frank Lampard and John Terry to new deals that could keep them at Stamford Bridge for the rest of their careers.

"I would say we are ahead of the game on these and there is also Michael Essien who comes into that," he said.

"I think it is fair to say with John and Frank we are well down the line with new contracts that will keep them at the club for substantially longer and I think that would be a big boost for everyone.

"We are involved in the best set-up, involved in one of the best English clubs why would they want to play football anywhere else?"

A win for Manchester United against Arsenal on Sunday would leave Chelsea nine points behind their title rivals.

But Kenyon stated: "I think we are in as good a position as anyone else.

"We have a long way to go and I still believe we have one of the best squads to do it and clearly the best manager to do it."

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