Ba: Players excited by Mourinho Chelsea return

The 27-year-old says that his team-mates are looking forward to the imminent homecoming of the Portuguese coach, describing him as “one of the best” in the world

Chelsea forward Demba Ba says that he and his team-mates are already excited about the prospect of Jose Mourinho returning to the club as successor to Rafa Benitez.

The 50-year-old is on the verge of rejoining the Blues after sealing his departure from Real Madrid.

Speaking after the club’s 4-3 friendly defeat to Manchester City, in which he scored the opener, Ba remarked that the Portuguese is a man who “wants to win”.

“You see what he has won, what he has brought to his teams and to his players individually – and of course he is one of the best,” he told Sky Sports News.

“He knows everything about Chelsea, having already managed the team for three or four years. He knows everybody here and he knows the club.

“Everybody is thinking about it and everybody is happy. They know that he is a person that wants to win.”

Benteke 'disgusted' by exit rumours – agent

The 22-year-old Belgian star has been linked with a move away but Eris Kismet denies that he will force a move, though admitting that European football may be hard to ignore

Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke is “disgusted” by reports suggesting that he will force a move away from the club, according to the player’s agent, who contradicts himself by claiming that the striker would not be able to ignore the lure of Champions League football.

Benteke was quoted in a Belgian newspaper as indicating that he would fight Villa if they attempted to block a move but both he and his representative insist that he was misquoted, with some media reporting that he was targeting Arsenal specifically.

Eris Kismet, who represents the striker, quashed speculation that his client was searching for a move away but admitted that he “might be interested” in the opportunity to play European football next season.

“Christian and I are surprised and disgusted by a story in The Sun newspaper claiming Benteke can do what he wants,” he told Sky Sports.

“He has been misquoted. He has called me today from New York and he is disgusted, I have told him not to speak to any media from now on.

“If there is a team, a bigger team that is playing European football next year, shows an interest with Villa concerning Christian, I would lie if I said that Christian would ignore that.

Manager Paul Lambert, who brought Benteke to the club in an €8 million deal from Genk last summer, has confirmed that contract talks between the two parties are underway – however, Kismet claims that there have been no developments.

“That might be possible too [being given a new contract],” he continued. “At this moment nothing is happening, nothing from Chris to say that we are still talking about this or we are having interest from this team.

“He’s more than happy to stay if he has to stay but we all know he had a good season and it’s normal that maybe other teams are more interested in him and he might be interested to play European football, which is why.”

Benteke also took to Twitter to refute the allegations, adding: “Amazing that a French-speaking journalist understands what I really said. I guess that the Dutch-speaking journalist need some French lessons.”

Dortmund sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Werder Bremen

The agent of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has confirmed that his client has completed a move from Werder Bremen to Borussia Dortmund.

The 24-year-old joins BVB on a five-year contract for a transfer fee reported to be in the region of €9.5 million.

“It’s done,” the player’s representative, Kostas Farras, told WAZ.

“It’s all signed. My client is now a Dortmund player and looking forward to BVB, coach Jurgen Klopp, the stadium and the fans.”

With his future with the Signal Iduna Park side confirmed, the versatile defender will be rooting for his new club as they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

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Napoli chief: Benitez is new boss

The outgoing Chelsea manager has been confirmed by club president Aurelio De Laurentiis as the replacement to Walter Mazzarri at the Stadio San Paolo

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that Rafa Benitez has been hired as the new coach at the Serie A club.

Despite finishing second in Serie A, Walter Mazzarri parted ways with the Partenopei and, until Friday’s confirmation, who would replace him in the Stadio San Paolo was up in the air.

However, De Laurentiis has ended the speculation by revealing that the outgoing Chelsea boss – who helped the Blues lift the Europa League trophy this season – will step into Mazzarri’s shoes in a two-year deal.

He told Sky Sport Italia on Friday: “Benitez is the new coach of Napoli. I made myself a birthday present. He’ll be our new coach for the next two years.”

Despite achieving continental glory with the Blues and securing a Champions League spot by finishing third in the Premier League, the former Liverpool boss is not expected to remain in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Instead, Jose Mourinho is expect to make a return to Chelsea – with Real Madrid having confirmed he will leave this summer – and Mazzarri’s departure opens the door for Benitez to return to Serie A, which he left in 2010 after an unsuccessful spell at Inter.

One of the former Inter trainer’s immediate concerns will be ensuring that star striker Edinson Cavani stays at the Neapolitan club or, if the Spaniard is unable to convince the Uruguayan to stay, then he will want an adequate replacement in attack.