CHELSEA will underline their desire to win yet more silverware next season by going on a massive £100million summer spending spree, according to outgoing manager Rafael Benitez.
Benitez's interim spell at Chelsea is ending on a high after the Spaniard's team beat Benfica 2-1 on Wednesday night to lift the Europa League trophy in his penultimate game in charge.
After inheriting a team short on confidence after their early exit from the Champions League, Benitez leaves Chelsea in a healthy state despite enduring taunts from Blues supporters during his six-month reign.
Jose Mourinho is the favourite to replace Benitez this summer, with the Portuguese expected to sever ties with Real Madrid. And the 'Special One' (pictured above) looks set to have plenty of money at his disposal if he returns to the club.
"Chelsea will be much better next season because they will spend £100million and they will sign three or four players," Benitez said.
"They have good young players like (Victor) Moses, (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, (Cesar) Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Fernando Torres, Oriol (Romeu), they are improving and all have potential.
"The foundation is already there. The future is bright for them."
Speculation has intensified that Mourinho will go back to Chelsea after he declared he wanted to manage at a club where he "is loved" after a turbulent two-year spell in Spain.
Right-back 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 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)," Ferreira said. "This means titles and that is what the club wants. Nothing is better than him."
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech thinks Mourinho's return is almost inevitable.
"There is a big probability that it can be Jose," he said. "He has a fantastic history with the club, the supporters love him and he would be good for the players, obviously."
Despite all the clamour for Mourinho's second coming at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea squad are by no means eager to see the back of Benitez.
To lambast a man who has won two Spanish leagues and a Champions League trophy was too much for Ferreira.
"A lot of supporters have not been fair with him and sometimes I think they should think more about the team than the manager," he said.
Benitez is expected to join Chelsea's players in a lap of honour at home to Everton on Sunday.
When asked whether the fans owe Benitez a thank you, Ferreira said: "I think they should. He gave a trophy to the club so he has credit for that."