Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas won’t look too far ahead

The Chelsea manager does not believe it is possible to accurately predict how long he will remain in charge

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta at Cobham
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Villas-Boas led FC Porto to four trophies last season Photo: The Sport Review

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André Villas-Boas is refusing to look beyond his three-year contract at Chelsea, despite recent claims by club chairman Bruce Buck that the 33-year-old could remain in charge at Stamford Bridge for as long as 15 years.

Buck said last week that he believes Villas-Boas could become Chelsea’s longest-serving manager since Roman Abramovic bought the club in 2004.

But the Portuguese coach, who took charge of The Blues immediately after leading FC Porto to four trophies in his first season at the club, believes it is impossible to accurately forecast how long his spell with the Premier League club will last.

“You cannot predict what is going to happen in the future,” he told a news conference on Thursday. “Last year I went through the same – in the beginning my emotions told me that I would be there for a long time, [but] eventually we won four trophies and now I’m here.”

Villas-Boas, whose side host Everton on Saturday, says he is pleased with The Blues’ positive start to the season but does not believe their good form is purely down to his appointment.

“This is not a situation where just my arrival has made us start well,” he continued. “It’s [about] players that are able to express themselves with their talent. This is a group success at the moment.

“We are happy with what we are achieving; not fully happy because we would like to be first in the league, but we are confident for our future and we appreciate the words from the [chairman].

“I have arrived with a three-year contract and there is always room for improvement. The most important thing is to make good decisions. Hopefully we can take this club forward.”

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