A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea have no new injury problems ahead of their trip to Old Trafford this weekend, but Rafa Benitez might rotate his side with two crucial Premier League games in four days for the Blues with Spurs visiting Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Ashley Cole, who was suspended for the Europa League match last night, is available.
Chelsea will face Benfica in the final of the Europa League after beating Basel 3-1 at Stamford Bridge tom complete a 5-2 aggregate win over the Swiss side. David Luiz will be up against his former club, and says that he is desperate to win what will be a difficult match:
There has been criticism of UEFA’s allocation of the tickets for the final, with Chelsea and Benfica being given only 9,800 each, leaving over 30,000 seats of the Amsterdam Arena for the ‘UEFA family’.
Rafa Benitez has won the Manager of the Month award for April after leading the Blues to three wins in four Premier League matches. Chelsea’s only dropped points came in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool, with Benitez also praised for their success in Europe. On HITC today, we look at three Chelsea players who will be sad to see the Spaniard leave this summer.
The man expected to replace Benitez, Jose Mourinho, has said he has not made the decision to leave Real Madrid yet, despite rumours that he has already agreed a deal with the Blues:
“When I decide on my future, my wife and kids will be the first to know, then the president and general director.
"I haven't decided to leave. If I go, I will not give explanations.”
However Mourinho has not been able to stop the speculation about his future at Chelsea, with suggestions that he has already contacted Robert Lewandowski’s agent to try and tempt the Polish striker to join him at Stamford Bridge this summer. The Dortmund striker is also reportedly a target for Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
On HITC today we look at whether Chelsea could also look at signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling.
Thibaut Courtois has said he could return to Chelsea next season depending on who is appointed as the Blues’ new manager, but also said that it is important for him to be playing matches in a World Cup year.
Yossi Benayoun has confirmed he will leave Chelsea in the summer, and that he has a number of offers in Europe and also America. Despite being used more regularly in recent weeks, Benayoun has never made much on an impact since joining Chelsea in 2010.
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