Andre Villas-Boas sidestepped fresh talk about his Chelsea future on Saturday after seeing his side crash to a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa and slip out of the Barclays Premier League top four.

Villas-Boas has reportedly been assured his job as manager is safe should he fail to win the title but the Blues are now in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League, something that could test billionaire owner Roman Abramovich's patience to the limit.

Quizzed on what the defeat might mean for his job security, Villas-Boas said: "You'll have to ask that question to the owner, but I have no other information on the contract."

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