Considering Kevin Nolan's contract runs out in the summer of 2016, it's inevitable that he has been linked with a move away from Upton Park.

And Nolan, who has come under flak from his own fans in recent months, admitted he wouldn't stand for sitting on the sidelines every week. Although he added at the moment his focus is purely on helping West Ham stop their slide down the table.

"I am not one who wants to sit here on the bench," said the captain. "I won't continue to do it, just for the fact that if you are not good enough for one club you move on and you prove to someone else you are.

"I am not thinking about anything else except West Ham at the minute. I have had a fantastic time here; I love the club and the place. I have got such a great affiliation with everyone at the club and I want it to continue.

"All I have got to do is get the chance to play and I will be happy and we can go on from there. Sometimes you can't make everyone happy and you have to take that on the chin."

Nolan said the uncertainty over his future has not been easy to deal with.

"It has been hard I am not going to deny it, but at the end of the day the only thing I have ever known is playing football, week in week out, so it has been difficult so when I get my chance I am going to try and take it," he said.

"That is the only thing I can do now. I have got nothing to prove to anyone. I have done a lot in my career and a lot of what has been said has been unfair, but that is life."

Despite the uncertainty over the former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United player, Nolan gave a solid performance in the undeserved 1-0 home defeat at the hands of title favourites Chelsea.

The West Ham captain admitted that the negativity from the stands has affected his game on the pitch, but insisted that he will keep representing the Hammers as the leader with distinction.

Nolan said: "I have come to the stage in my career with all the negativity surrounding me, I have just gone and take it on the chin. It is water off a duck's back for me.

"Sometimes it hurts of course, but I have got a fantastic family, fantastic support system and not just with family and friends but also within the club. I have just got to keep working hard on the training ground and hopefully I will get a chance which I did tonight and when I do, try and do as well as I can.

"I go out and try and do my best, maybe the ball bounced for me a little bit more than it usually does. I've enjoyed it, but I am gutted at the result. It doesn't matter if I play well because we have lost.

"It doesn't matter how many people pat me on the back and say you've done brilliant, the fact is we have got no points and we haven't won."

Eden Hazard's headed goal in the first half was enough Jose Mourinho to maintain his unbeaten record against West Ham as Chelsea boss.

However, according to Nolan, the Boleyn Ground outfit were extremely unlucky not to get something from the game. He praised Blues shot stopper Thibaut Courtois for some fantastic saves that denied them that all important goal, but is certain that the Hammers will soon climb up the table again.

Nolan said: "When you do break down their defence you still have a top class keeper who you have to beat and I think he was top notch tonight, he made some massive saves at times.

"It just didn't fall for us and we are hoping now in the next couple of weeks we have teams in and around us and that is where we need to continue to put in performances like that.

"There is no doubt to me that we can start getting up that table again. We have had a tough few weeks and that is due to the fact that we played everyone in and around us when we were fourth.

"Those teams have spent hundreds of millions on their squads. Hopefully we can be around there in the next few years.

"But at this moment in time we have a small squad and we have suffered a lot of injuries but we are getting that back now and hopefully we can put that into the last 10 games."