Writing in today’s match programme for their visit of Manchester United, Khan revealed, “… no one is accepting our position today to be our destiny. I certainly am not for many reasons, but first and foremost simply because I believe in Claudio and the calibre of players in this squad. And of the two options in front of us – to concede or compete – the only answer is to compete.
“We could have conceded and been sellers in January. To that point, after investing more than £100m in the summer in a clear mission to compete, we stayed loyal to our commitment by turning down more than £100m in January to sell players to clubs in Europe as well as in China.
“Why? Because we wanted to give this squad every opportunity to compete, to show the fight I know is inside them and be the ones we’ll remember making a dramatic and successful late run to safety.”