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Benitez Still In Charge - Chelsea

Benitez Still In Charge - Chelsea

Rafa Benitez will face the press as usual on Friday after claiming he remains on "excellent" terms with Roman Abramovich.

Benitez Still In Charge - Chelsea

The Spaniard's position at Chelsea has been widely called into question in the wake of his criticism of the club's more hostile supporters and the hierarchy on Wednesday.

Benitez was particularly scathing of Chelsea's decision to include the word "interim" in his job title when he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo in November.

And his outburst led former Blues manager John Hollins to speculate whether he would still be in a job come the end of the week.

But hours after a spokesman said it was "business as usual" at the club's Cobham training base on Thursday, it was confirmed Benitez will hold his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday's game against West Brom.

And in an interview with the BBC, Benitez insisted there had been no fall-out with owner Abramovich and said he would not follow Di Matteo through the exit door before the end of the season.

The former Liverpool boss confirmed after Wednesday's FA Cup win at Middlesbrough he would not be at Stamford Bridge next season and accused some supporters of harming his attempts to achieve Champions League qualification.

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