Chelsea players have offered me support this week, says Rafael Benítez

Chelsea boss Rafael Benítez is convinced that he still has the support of most of his squad after a turbulent week for the Spaniard

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Rafael Benítez's side are fourth in the Premier League table Photo: The Sport Review

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Rafael Benítez is convinced that he still has the support of most of the Chelsea squad after a turbulent week for the Spaniard.

Benítez’s news-conference outburst on Wednesday further strained an already-frosty relationship with the club’s fans, as the 52-year-old angrily confirmed that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

During his post-match rant, the Chelsea interim boss called on sections of disgruntled supporters to get behind his team rather than continue their protest at his appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor.

And the Blues coach insists that he has the backing of his players heading into Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

“I have a lot of conversations with players, and the majority of them say they are happy with the training sessions, the methods, the intensity,” said Benítez.

“We try and do our best, and sometimes we cannot, but I think they are quite happy. You may speak with one or two, but there are another 21 you don’t know.

“If you have 25 players in a squad, you’ll obviously have one or two who aren’t happy, but you can find that in every squad around the world. Players want to play.”

Benítez went on to say that he has had messages of support from some of his squad in the wake of his controversial comments in midweek.

He continued: “A lot of the players have been supporting me, telling me to carry on doing my job. That is my private conversations.

“The players were really pleased with the atmosphere against Arsenal and Napoli. They will enjoy having everyone pushing in the same direction. They will be pleased.

“The atmosphere in the training ground is really good. The staff around Cobham are really good. I have a very good relationship with everyone. I don’t see a big problem there.”

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