“Chelsea will be much better next season because they will spend 100m and they will sign three or four players,” said Benitez.
“The foundation is already there. The future is bright for them.”
“I don’t know who the next coach will be, I am not the person who should say, but everyone speculates the same person,” he added.
As speculation persists that Jose Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge to take the reigns this summer, the Portuguese boss will likely already have his targets in his sights, should he reunite with Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea have been strongly linked for months on end with Atletico Madrid goal-machine Radamel Falcao to replace the outgoing Fernando Torres as the Blues look to finally replace Didier Drogba and his immense goal-tally - but he now seems destine for Monaco, so Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski may just be the man they turn to.
Falcao would cost around £45 million if reports are to be believed and, using Torres as a makeweight in the deal with his former club, that figure could likely seal the deal.
Meanwhile, the Blues have also been targeting Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and since the announcement that his manager David Moyes has been appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United the Belgian will almost certainly be departing from Goodison Park this summer.
However, Everton are no pushovers and they’ll be reluctant to let their best player go for any less than the £25 million rumoured to be what Chelsea will bid for him.
The Blues could also bring in highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle who, along with Falcao, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata would likely be the most formidable attacking trio in the Premier League. The 22-year-old’s services could probably be secured for around £20 million which, given his age, would be a great investment for the future.
By my calculations, that brings us in around £90 million and with just some pocket change left in Abramovich’s pocket he might want to add some steel to his side to offset all the attacking firepower.
If Mourinho takes charge, he will likely want to bring in one of his own and for £10 million he could bring Xabi Alonso back to the Premier League with him. Whilst he’s no spring chicken the Liverpool favourite would be just the man to bring protection to the Blues back line, anchor the creativity in midfield and offer his experience to the young dressing room.
With a side like that and with Mourinho at the helm, Chelsea wouldn’t just be Premier League champions but could probably win a treble…every season for the next decade.