Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has distanced himself from reports suggesting that he is set to leave the Blues at the end of the current campaign as he is not in Jose Mourinho's plans for next season.
The English striker, who is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, has revealed that his intentions are to remain with the west London club and fight for a place in the first team.
The 21-year-old striker has been impressive for the promotion chasing Championship club this season having scored 13 goals in all competitions thus far. He is also being managed by Aitor Karanka, who was the Blues manager's assistant during his time as the manager of Real Madrid.
Bamford has a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2017, and he is targeting a long and successful career with his parent club. He revealed that he has had many conversations with Mourinho regarding his future career path at Stamford Bridge.
"I have discussed my career path with Jose on many occasions and am very happy with it," Bamford said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"Everyone's aim is for me to continue to develop as a player under Jose's supervision and to have a long and successful career at Chelsea," the former Nottingham Forest forward added.
Meanwhile, defender Branislav Ivanovic feels that the squad is growing together and he also takes confidence from the fact that even on a bad day Chelsea manage to win games and points to keep their Premier League title bid on track.
The Serbian defender was delighted to come away with the three points from Upton Park and has credited the team for a hard working performance despite coming into the game on the back of the League Cup final victory.
"The team is slowly growing together and giving good performances. Even when we have a bad day we get some points and we win some games," Ivanovic said, as quoted on Chelsea's official site.
"We played well enough to win against West Ham; we had a couple more chances to kill the game but in the end we are so happy with the three points, especially as we don't have a game at the weekend."
"After a great final and winning the cup it was very, very important. It was of the same importance if not more important than our other games because it was after the final," the Chelsea defender added.