Chelsea latest: Including Torres and Coentrao

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Demba Ba has said that the Chelsea players are excited at the prospect of Jose Mourinho returning to the club this summer, and said that his previous experience at Stamford Bridge would give the Blues an advantage next season.

“He knows everything about Chelsea having already managed the team for three or four years. He knows everybody here and he knows the club,” he said.

"Everybody is thinking about it and everybody is happy. They know that he is a person that wants to win.”

Former Chelsea player Michael Ballack has also backed Mourinho to be a success if he returns to Chelsea, saying the Portuguese coach can bring something special to the club. Ballack played under Mourinho at Chelsea in his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Torres has hit out at the negative image of Chelsea that surrounds the club, saying that the fact that the Blues have won three major trophies in two years shows how well they are doing despite frequent criticism about the way the club is run.

Cesar Azpilicueta has said that although he enjoyed scoring his first goal for Chelsea in the 4-3 friendly loss to Manchester City last night, he was not happy to see his team squander a 3-0 lead to lose the match in St Louis.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez is on the brink of signing a deal to become Napoli manager, report the Guardian, with their president announcing the news this afternoon.

Fabio Coentrao has suggested he is prepared to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Chelsea one of the teams rumoured to be interested in the left back. Coentrao says he never felt wanted in Real Madrid, and refused to rule out a switch to Chelsea when asked if he would like to move with compatriot Jose Mourinho.

On HITC today, Lewis Doe looks at why Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea might end up competing for the left-back.

Mourinho might also bring goalkeeper Diego Lopez with him from Madrid to act as a back-up for Petr Cech. Thibaut Courtois is likely to be allowed to remain on loan next season, and Mourinho does not rate Ross Turnbull and Hilario as sufficient cover for Cech.

On HITC today we look at how Torres can become a Chelsea legend if he stays at the club, and argue that the one player Mourinho should bring with from Real Madrid is defender Raphael Varane.

Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah has won the Championship Young Player of the Month award for May after helping Watford into the Championship play-off final.

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