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Rafael Benitez reveals plan to leave Chelsea

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez revealed during a press conference last night that he will stand down at the end of the season.

Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 win against Middlesbrough, Benitez said he was "disappointed" with some fans who he described as "wasting time" making negative banners instead of supporting the club.

He also revealed that he did not expect the word "interim" to be added to his title when he signed his contract:

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A selection of anti-Rafa banners made by Chelsea fans

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez has complained about fans "wasting time" by making negative banners. Here is a selection of anti-Benitez banners over the years:

Watch: Rafa: 'Don't worry about me - I'm leaving'

Chelsea fans hold an anti-Rafa banner in the stands at Stamford Bridge Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
More anti-Rafa banners at a Chelsea v FC Nordsjaelland match Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
Chelsea fans with a banner in support of ex-Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Chelsea fans with a banner in the stands asking for a return to former manager Jose Mourinho Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
Chelsea fans hold banners in support of the then-suspended Manager Jose Mourinho Credit: Matthias Schrader/DPA/Press Association Images

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Chealsea fans give their reactions to Rafa outburst

Chelsea fans have been giving their reactions to interim manager Rafael Benitez's outburst on Twitter:

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Chelsea fans didn't give him a chance? What did u expect? It was made clear he wasn't wanted even before he got employed. #CFC

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As much as I want Rafa gone, this is getting out of control. He said fans should back the team, or accept results can't improve. #CFC

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On a more positive note: whoever the next Chelsea manager is, will benefit massively from not being Benitez.

Listen again: Full recording of Rafael Benitez slamming Chelsea fans

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Lineker: 'Benitez might depart sooner after rant at fans'

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Rafa says 'don't worry about me, i'm leaving at the end of the season'. Still time for Chelsea fans to get him to change his mind.

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With this Rafa rant at fans, at 'interim' title bestowed on him etc, his departure may come a lot sooner than the end of the season.

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Benitez: 'I'm disappointed with some fans'

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season. Credit: PA Wire

Rafael Benitez was appointed on a short-term deal in November to replace sacked Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo but was never popular with fans and results have not improved.

He 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 Supper Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level.

"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.

"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."

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