Cesc Fabregas has been the latest Chelsea star to express his full support to Jose Mourinho after claiming he "is the best manager" in the history of the Blues. The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has followed the footsteps of captain John Terry after the Portuguese tactician warned that, despite the poor start to the season, he will only resign if his players withdraw their trust in him.
Mourinho's position at Stamford Bridge came under scrutiny after Chelsea suffered their fourth Premier League defeat of the season, against Southampton, falling 10 points behind leaders Manchester City after just eight games.
The manager warned the club's board that he will not "run away" from his responsibilities unless the dressing room asked him to go – describing himself as the best manager Chelsea have ever had.
"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players,'' Mourinho said, according to The Mirror "Get a table at Cobham [Chelsea's training ground] next week - John Terry doesn't go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn't go, Ramires doesn't go. Ask them. If they tell you they don't trust me, [that] is the only thing that can make me resign."
Terry then wasted little time to back his manager, while the club made an official statement expressing their "full support" of the manager.
"We [Chelsea] are not well, but we will do better. We have the best coach we can have and the best in the history of the club," Fabregas said, Radio Marca reported. "People have not forgotten that three months ago we won the Premier League and a cup, but we have to change the situation fast and soon."
The Spain international says he will be always grateful to the Portuguese tactician for giving him the chance to move on from his difficult time at Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
"Personally, he [Mourinho] helped me in a very complicated moment of my career and he gives me confidence," Fabregas added. "I will do whatever he asks to help, whether from the pitch, the bench or the stands. In face-to-face situations he helps me a lot and I respect him for that."