Rafael Benitez insists Roman Abramovich has been full of praise for his work since taking over as Chelsea‘s interim manager, the Mirror report.

The former Liverpool boss has suffered a barracking from the clubs fans ever since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo in November, despite a noticeable improvement on the pitch.

However, a run of three wins in nine games at Stamford Bridge has done nothing to endear him to the Blues faithful and his future remains cloudy after recent reports linked Jose Mourinho with a stunning return to the club.

Benitez, who led his side to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, insists he has nothing to fear and retains the full backing of Abramovich, who was in attendance at Stamford Bridge for the game.

“Without giving too many details, [Abramovich] was really pleased with the game. He has ideas. I do too,” the 52-year-old Spaniard said.

“We share ideas. It’s fine. We explained to each other what we’re trying to do. It’s fine.”

Benitez also revealed that he has engaged in positive discussions with the Russian billionaire during his mid-season break on the Caribbean island of St Bart.

“We have people who talk with him and I have the information. The other days I had time with him and I was really pleased.”

 

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