Ricardo Carvalho has quashed speculation that he could leave Chelsea come the January transfer window.

The Portugal international defender's future has been uncertain following the exit of manager Jose Mourinho, who was instrumental in clinching his signature.

"At this moment I'm not thinking about leaving Chelsea, but how to improve as a player," explained Carvalho.

"The Chelsea players are prepared for everything and I'm convinced that we can have a successful season this year.

"I have not changed, I am always the same. Mourinho's exit is in the past and now it's important to live in the present."