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Rafa not expecting Pep talk from Roman

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Rafael Benitez is confident Pep Guardiola will tell him if he decides to take the Chelsea job from him, but has admitted Roman Abramovich is unlikely to do the same.

Benitez insisted he had no problem keeping the manager's hotseat warm for his fellow Spaniard following his own appointment on an interim basis until the end of the season. Former Barcelona boss Guardiola is on a one-year sabbatical from football and is said to be Chelsea owner Abramovich's number one managerial target.

Guardiola's agent claims his client will make no decision about his future until next year and - if he elects to join Chelsea - Benitez expects to be among the first to know, as he joked: "I think so! I have good relations with Pep so any time I call him, I say, 'How are you doing?' I know he is enjoying life in New York, now, with his family."

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