Jose Mourinho says the only thing that will force him to quit Chelsea is if the players lose faith in his abilities.
The Blues have endured a woeful start to their Premier League title defence, with Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Southampton making it four losses from their opening eight league matches.
That form has left the champions 16th in the standings and already 10 points off the pace at the top, but Mourinho has no intention of walking away from the club, unless his players request it.
"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players," said the Portuguese tactician.
"Get a table at Cobham 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. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table."