Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Benitez confirms summer exit

Rafael Benitez has criticised the Chelsea fans who have been calling for his head

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The interim manager, who was once again targeted by a section of his own club's support during Wednesday night's 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory at Middlesbrough, was in defiant mood after the game.

He said: "A group of fans, they are not doing any favours for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners. It's because someone made a mistake. They put my title (as) 'interim manager', and I will leave at the end of the season, so they don't need to waste time with me."

He went on: "They have to concentrate on supporting the team, that's what they have to do.

"In the end, they are not doing any favours to the club, to the rest of the fans and to the players.

"Every game they continue singing and they continue preparing banners, they are wasting time. What they have to do is support the team.

"If we cannot achieve what we expect to achieve, that is to be in the top four and be in the Champions League for next year, I will leave; they will stay in the Europa League."

He also said: "I have been in charge in football for 26 years. I have won the Champions League, won the FIFA Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level."

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