Mourinho told the media last week ahead of Madrid’s second leg match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League that he was loved in the Premier League and by one club in particular.

When Benitez was asked about the expected managerial changeover in the summer, he said that next season “another manager” will be at Stamford Bridge, and that “everyone knows who will be here”.

He added that he will definitely no longer be at the club when the 2013-2014 season kicks off and that he is currently focused on the next game alone.

Mourinho’s stock in Madrid has continued to dwindle with his popularity with the media, fans and now the team at an all time low. His decision to leave much loved keeper and Spain captain Iker Casillas on the bench and comments about regretting not signing another keeper in 2011 saw a very public split in the dressing room, too.

Speculation has been rife that Mourinho could be headed for the door at the Bernabeu and with Chelsea’s managerial crisis continuing – Rafa Benitez remains an unloved figure at Stamford Bridge – his move to Chelsea could be one that benefits both club and coach.

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