Paulo Ferreira has given his backing to new Chelsea boss Avram Grant - because he is playing again.

The Portugal international defender said: "Yes it's true, it's good for me because I wasn't playing too much and now it's given me confidence.

"I need to play and I'm happy for that. I hope to keep playing like this."

On Jose Mourinho's departure, Ferreira added: "Nobody expected it. It was difficult for us, for me especially because I was working with him six years.

"He brought me to Porto and I came with him from there, so it's a lot of years with the same manager. It was difficult, but what can I say? Life goes on and you have to keep working and do our best."