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Benitez delighted with show of support from Chelsea

Rafael Benitez was over the moon with the hundreds of messages of support he received from Chelsea supporters.

The Spaniard departs Stamford Bridge after guiding the Southwest London club to the Europa League title on Wednesday which preceded a third-place finish in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday.

Benitez, who has been interim manager of the Blues since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November, was extremely thrilled with how his efforts were acknowledged by both the Chelsea faithful and players alike.

"It's for the families and the players," said Benitez.

"I received hundreds of messages, more than 200 messages on the website, from Chelsea fans saying thank you very much.

"For me that is enough, and also the players telling me things privately.

"The majority of [the supporters] were very positive in the end. That is good.

"We couldn't change the opinion of some of them. We tried to do our best until the end."

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