Darren Fletcher says he was not worried Tony Pulis would leave West Brom despite speculation he would quit after a frustrating summer.
Pulis was rumoured to be on the verge of quitting as head coach after missing out on a number of transfer targets.
But Pulis eventually signed five new players in the window and broke the club’s transfer record to bring in Nacer Chadli from Tottenham for £13m.
The Welshman then missed Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win over Delhi Dynamos – creating more speculation – but that was due to family commitments.
Baggies captain Fletcher told Sky Sports News HQ: “If you see the position the club were in when he took over to where we are now and how comfortably we stayed up last season, he’s ambitious.
“He wants to progress the squad – he doesn’t want to stand still and it’s been well documented there were rumours about this and that.
“Sometimes it’s just rumours and you can’t be picking up the phone every time you hear a rumour. You’d be phoning people 24/7.
“Things play out. I was very calm and felt like the manager would still be there. I know he still wants to be at the club.
“He has great affection for the club and is really enjoying his time being there. I wasn’t too worried when I heard the rumours and it was just nice that it got put to bed.”