Chelsea midfielder Willian has insisted that there is a mutual respect between him and manager Jose Mourinho.
The recent signing of Barcelona winger Pedro has led to speculation that the Brazilian could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain suggested as potential destinations.
However, Willian has said that he sees himself as an important part of Mourinho's side.
"We have a great relationship. He has always respected me, and I truly respect him. It is a professional relationship of two guys with the same goal," the 27-year-old told FourFourTwo.
"I know I've got my tactical responsibilities at Chelsea – I must close spaces and help with marking.
"But I don't really mind doing it. This is something you must do in modern football. Every single player has his defensive role to play. I also have freedom to attack and I try to give my contribution offensively."
Willian joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.