BOSS Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea's third Premiership defeat of the season had nothing to do with doubts about his own future at Stamford Bridge.
The leaders were beaten 1-0 at Fulham yesterday in a London derby packed with controversy.
Mourinho was disappointed but did not think his players were distracted by reports that he was leaving for Inter Milan.
"I don't think they were affected because they've known from me, several weeks ago, that I will stay here," he revealed.
"I am preparing for pre-season. I have given them a lot of information about next season and about the plans I have."
Luis Boa Morte scored in the 17th minute for Fulham.
Didier Drogba had a goal disallowed for handball.
Then his Chelsea teammate William Gallas was sent off (right) for a nasty tackle on Heidar Helguson in the closing minutes.
The French defender wound up Fulham fans with several thumbs-down gestures as he walked to the dressing room, and may have to explain his antics to the Football Association.
Fulham will also be under the microscope after a post-match pitch invasion led to skirmishes between rivals fans.
Chelsea are 12 points ahead of Manchester United and 14 in front of Liverpool, who won 3-1 at Newcastle yesterday.