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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez and his coaching staff pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez and his coaching staff pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard and interim manager Rafael Benitez during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Chelsea players pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea players pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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Chelsea's David Luiz with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's David Luiz with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's John Terry (right) with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (centre) and Bruce Buck during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's John Terry (right) with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (centre) and Bruce Buck during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Branislav Ivanovic celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Branislav Ivanovic celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea players celebrate with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea players celebrate with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's John Terry and Ashley Cole celebrate after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's John Terry and Ashley Cole celebrate after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's John Terry with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's John Terry with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after winning during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after winning during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard (centre) and his team-mates lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard (centre) and his team-mates lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Chelsea's Petr Cech and Frank Lampard celebrate winning the UEFA Europa League during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Chelsea's Petr Cech and Frank Lampard celebrate winning the UEFA Europa League during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  A dejected Enzo Perez of Benfica is consoled by Pablo Aimar of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Enzo Perez of Benfica is consoled by Pablo Aimar of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Ex-Ajax and Netherlands footballer Johan Cruyff congratulates Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ex-Ajax and Netherlands footballer Johan Cruyff congratulates Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Dejected Benfica players look on after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Dejected Benfica players look on after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Ola John of Benfica reacts after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Ola John of Benfica reacts after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Luisao of Benfica tackles Ramires of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica tackles Ramires of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Eduardo Salvio of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Eduardo Salvio of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica lies on the pitch after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica lies on the pitch after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Luisao of Benfica reacts during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica reacts during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Marko Marin of Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Marko Marin of Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:   Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay celebrates with John Terry of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay celebrates with John Terry of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea celebrates on the pitch with his son during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea celebrates on the pitch with his son during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Juan Mata of Chelsea is marshalled by Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea is marshalled by Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  John Terry of Chelsea applauds the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea applauds the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  (L-R) Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Gary Cahill of Chelsea and tea mates celebrate victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Gary Cahill of Chelsea and tea mates celebrate victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  (L-R) David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  John Terry of Chelsea celebrates with his children Georgie and  Summer during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea celebrates with his children Georgie and Summer during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Petr Cech of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Petr Cech of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President  Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President  Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  A dejected Luisao and Manager Jorge Jesus of Benfica walk through a Chelsea guard of honour for during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao and Manager Jorge Jesus of Benfica walk through a Chelsea guard of honour for during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15:  Artur of Benfica looks on as Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (not pictured) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Artur of Benfica looks on as Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (not pictured) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez and his coaching staff pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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.

Belfast Telegraph