Chelsea will underline their desire to win yet more silverware next season by going on a £100m summer spending spree, according to outgoing manager Rafael Benitez.
Benitez's interim spell in charge of Chelsea is ending on a high after the Spaniard's team beat Benfica 2-1 to win the Europa League in his penultimate game in charge.
After inheriting a team short on confidence following their embarrassing early exit from the Champions League, Benitez leaves Chelsea in a healthy state despite having to endure taunts from Blues supporters during his six-month reign.
Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming favourite to replace Benitez this summer, with the Portuguese expected to sever ties with Real Madrid.
And the 'Special One' looks set to have plenty of money at his disposal if he returns to the club where he enjoyed so much success from 2004 to 2007.
"Chelsea will be much better next season because they will spend £100m and they will sign three or four players," said Benitez.
"They have good young players like Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Fernando Torres, Oriol Romeu, they are all improving and they all have potential.
"The future is bright for them."
Speculation that Mourinho will go back to Chelsea intensified after he declared that he wanted to manage at a club where he "is loved" following a turbulent two-year spell in Spain.
Defender Paulo Ferreira was one of the players Mourinho recruited as part of a big spending spree following his appointment as Chelsea boss nine years ago.
The 34-year-old, who also worked with Mourinho at Porto, thinks everyone at Chelsea wants to see the charismatic coach return.
"It's not just me, I think everyone wants to see him come back," said Ferreira. "This means titles and that is what the club wants. Nothing is better than him."
Benitez is expected to join Chelsea's players in a lap of honour following their last game of the season at home to Everton on Sunday.