Rafael Benítez hints Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea this summer

Rafael Benítez hints that Jose Mourinho is set to take over from him at Chelsea next season, saying "everybody knows who will be here"

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Jose Mourinho led Real Madrid to the La Liga title last season Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Rafael Benítez has hinted that Jose Mourinho is set to take over from him at Chelsea next season.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho has been relentlessly linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in recent months and Benítez told a news conference on Tuesday: “You know that next year there will be a new manager, it’s very clear.

“I think that everybody knows who will be here.

“I will concentrate on my job now. It’s not my concern now what will happen next year.”

Benítez’s immediate concern, however, is guiding Chelsea into next season’s Champions League and the Blues host top-four rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

And the Spaniard, whose side are currently third in the table with three games left to play, knows it will be a pivotal clash in west London.

“At this point it’s crucial for us because if we win we will be in the top four nearly guaranteed,” he said. “At this stage it is the most important game.

“I think he [Andre Villas-Boas] is a good manager who is working hard for his new team. They are in a good position and are doing well.”

Asked if he thinks he is finally starting to win over some of the Chelsea fans, Benítez added: “I’m just concentrating on my job. I think that we’re doing a good job and I’m sure that a lot of fans will appreciate that.”

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