Chelsea assure Benitez he's safe

Rafa Benitez has been assured by Chelsea management he retains their support. The Guardian says Benítez has been assured of his immediate future by Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez has been assured by Chelsea management he retains their support.

The Guardian says Benítez has been assured of his immediate future by Chelsea.

Immediately after defeat at West Ham United, Benítez admitted he was not "100% certain" of retaining the support of the owner, Roman Abramovich, while reports of the club's supposed interest in Grant are understood to have angered the Spaniard.

Yet as he prepares to take charge of Chelsea's final Champions League group game against Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge , there is a recognition that the club's predicament in Europe is Roberto Di Matteo's responsibility and that Benítez will be given more time if his side, as expected, go out of the competition. Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus need only draw their match for both sides to go through at the holders' expense.

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