May 18 2013 Latest news:
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez believes he will benefit from the experience as he prepares for his next destination.
Chelsea interim manager Benitez has had numerous critics since his November appointment after Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo’s departure, not least the supporters, who hurled vitriol towards the former Liverpool manager.
Rafael Benitez declared “job done” as he prepared for his final match as Chelsea manager.
Rafael Benitez has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Everton boss and refused to confirm if he’ll take part in Chelsea’s traditional end of season pitch parade.
Everton boss David Moyes has confirmed captain Phil Neville has already played his final game for the club, with the defender being ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Transfer news: In-demand Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is set to hold talks with an unnamed London club over a possible summer transfer, according to his agent.
Oscar says lifting the Europa League was the perfect climax to an “incredible” first season at Chelsea.
Benfica goalkeeper Artur was full of praise for fellow Brazilian Oscar after the 21-year-old helped Chelsea to Europa League glory on Wednesday night.
Branislav Ivanovic had described the Europa League final as his opportunity for glory, but he struggled to digest
Frank Lampard has targeted further success with Chelsea after agreeing to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was delighted to finish his brief reign at Stamford Bridge with silverware and praised his players’ reaction in the second half of their 2-1 Europa League win over Benfica.
Centre-back Gary Cahill is still pinching himself that he has won both of Europe’s top honours and cemented himself in Roy Hodgson’s England squad in such a short time since joining Chelsea.
Juan Mata was delighted to add the Europa League to his list of trophies – but would hate to come up against his man-mountain of a team-mate Branislav Ivanovic on the pitch.
Frank Lampard considered leaving Chelsea this summer but the club’s record goalscorer was delighted to be offered a 12-month extension and now hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the term of his new deal.
England coach Roy Hodgson will not let Ashley Cole’s recent stand-off with the Football Association prevent him asking the full-back if he wants to be captain for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
Striker Fernando Torres believes his normal service has been restored and that both he and Chelsea have enjoyed a successful end to a turbulent season.
Roy Hodgson is yet to make a call on who will captain England in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard but says he will speak to centurion Ashley Cole about taking the armband.
Frank Lampard today signed a new one-year contract at Chelsea, just days after becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer and having since helped them win the Europa League.
Ground: Stamford Bridge (capacity 41,837).
Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1955, 2005, 2006, 2010.
Second Division: 1984, 1989.
FA Cup: 1970, 1997, 2000 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012.
League Cup: 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007.
Uefa Champions League: 2012.
Uefa Cup/Europa League: 2013.
Uefa Super Cup: 1998.
Cup Winners Cup: 1971, 1998.
Leading goalscorer: Frank Lampard, 203.
Leading appearances: Ron Harris, 655.