He continued: “We were talking about football. In terms of football everything is fine. Since then I’ve had conversations with people close to him, not directly.” The subject of Benitez’s future was not raised on that occasion, yet it may be on the agenda should Chelsea fail to beat Wigan in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. The Spaniard was unable to say whether he will remain in the post until the end of the season. “He (Abramovich) is not talking about this; he likes to talk about football,” Benitez said. “He was saying the team were fantastic in the first half, then the second half…he was talking about normal things.” Benitez refused to entertain questions over his future and insisted his focus was on Wigan, adding: “If you win, it’s fine. If you cannot, people start talking. I cannot talk about the future if my priority is the next game. I have a contract until the end of the season and we can be talking and talking, but all I can do is to win games. “My position is to concentrate on games and try to improve the performance of the team. We want to win. He (Abramovich) wants to win. That’s it. He wants to be in the top four, obviously. We know with a little bit of luck we will be in a much better position.” Benitez, who spent the first part of the international break at his family home on the Wirral, was adamant the uncertainty over his position was not unsettling. “My job is exactly the same,” he said. “I knew that I was signing six or seven months of contract. I’m not here to change things outside the pitch. I’m here to improve players, to do my best every day.” Press Association Benitez, appointed in November until the end of the season tasked with sealing Champions League qualification, spoke with Russian billionaire Abramovich following the defeat of Arsenal but in the four games since the Blues have failed to win. Whether the silent treatment indicates Abramovich is preparing to replace Benitez after three wins in 10 matches is difficult to tell, but the oligarch is not renowned for his patience. Benitez did confirm, at least, that Abramovich was content following the win over the Gunners, saying: “The Arsenal game was the last conversation we had. That was 20 days ago – we were doing really well. He was very happy.” Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he last spoke to owner Roman Abramovich almost three weeks ago.
Although the season is already in a full swing in Italy, a football player of the National team of BiH confirmed that he has signed a new contract.Rade Krunic, the football player of the National team of BiH, will not have to think about the future until 2021.Krunic will stay in Empoli, and this information was confirmed by the Italian club on its official Facebook page. Our representative is wearing a jersey of this club since 2015.Krunic himself confirmed the extension of the contract on his Facebook page.“This is the answer to all of those who said that I played poorly because I wanted to leave Empoli. After this signature, I do not need to tell you anything more. For me, it is a great pleasure and honor to play for Empoli and I will fight to make a return to Serie A with my team,” stated Krunic.(Source: faktor.ba)
Swazzle Puppet Show, “Harry and the Tyrannosaurus Rex,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “Cabaret” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Moonlight Hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Waterfall Hike, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 42 Smack Classic will present a comedy show, 8 p.m. Friday in the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Proceeds will benefit the VHS Speech and Drama departments. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522. Jimmy Brogan and Greg Vaccarella will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733.
As expected, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday that she is calling the 2011 Legislature into special session.But far from chastising legislators for failing to pass a budget on time, she praised them for working hard and remaining focused on the largest budget deficit in recent history.“This Legislature has come together in the toughest of times and done significant work in this session on behalf of Washington,” Gregoire said at a televised press conference. “But there is more work to be done. Starting Tuesday, the Legislature will continue to work together to chart a new course and to transform Washington’s government. And I pledge to help them finish the job.”Legislators left early for a three-day Easter weekend after sending a 2011-13 transportation budget to the governor. They’re ending the regular session without reaching deals on the operating budget or the construction budget. The regular session was scheduled to adjourn Sunday. Under state law, lawmakers can meet for up to 30 days in special session once they reconvene, though Gregoire said she hopes the session will be much shorter. With House and Senate leaders from both parties at her side, the governor said lawmakers have agreed to keep the special session focused on the budget and the many bills required to implement it. She also urged quick action on such cost-saving issues as workers compensation reform.