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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho's high five 'a trophy celebration'

Jose Mourinho waved five celebratory fingers into the air after Chelsea's Carling Cup triumph over Arsenal as a reminder of his achievements since taking over at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho pointedly refused to confirm his gesture was aimed at owner Roman Abramovich but, after stating his intention to see out his contract - which runs until 2010 - it was a sure sign the Blues boss is keen to focus minds on the trophies he has won since succeeding Claudio Ranieri.

'I wasn't waving at anyone,' said the Blues boss, who joined the club in the summer of 2004.

'It was five fingers for five trophies we have won in two-and-a-half years; Premiership, Premiership, Carling Cup, Carling Cup and Community Shield.'

Mourinho awoke to revelations that, during a three-hour chat with supporters immediately after Chelsea's Champions League draw against Porto on Wednesday, Abramovich repeatedly refused to state his current manager would still be in post at the start of next season.

And, when asked whether he felt the club's hierarchy appreciated the work he has done during his time at Chelsea, Mourinho tellingly skirted round the question.

'The fans are fantastic to me. They know the happy moments we are living together. The players are fantastic too,' he said.

'A club that gives me a contract until 2010 must be happy. If they were not, they would not give me a contract until 2010.'