Benitez affirms Mourinho’s return to Chelsea

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LONDON  (AFP) – Rafael Benitez said Tuesday he expected to be replaced as Chelsea boss by former Blues manager Jose Mourinho.

Interim Chelsea manager Benitez reiterated he would be leaving Stamford Bridge as planned at the end of the season having signed a short-term contract to take charge in November following the sacking of Roberto di Matteo.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho, who left the London club in September 2007 after three years in charge at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with a return to his former side.

“The next year there will be another manager,” said Benitez.

“I think everybody knows who will be here,” the Spaniard added in a clear reference to Portuguese Mourinho.

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