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Abramovich sends supportive message to Chelsea boss Benitez

Despite their poor recent results, Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has received messages of support from Roman Abramovich.

It's suggested defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday could spell the end of the Spaniard's short tenure.

But the Telegraph says Chelsea's high command were understood to be viewing the situation as "business as usual" yesterday, indicating that Benítez is safe for now.

He is understood to have received messages of support from Abramovich confidantes in recent weeks, with agreement that he is right to highlight the balance of the squad, and the strain on resources of injuries and call-ups, as a factor in recent struggles.

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