From the back pages, May 8: “Everybody knows who’ll be here”: Rafa Benitez hints at Mourinho arrival

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One man at Stamford Bridge already expects to see Jose Mourinho named as Chelsea manager for next season - the current interim boss Rafael Benitez. Benitez again confirmed he will depart Stamford Bridge this summer at the end of his short-term contract. (The Mirror)

Jose Mourinho appeared to flip speculation that he is destined for Chelsea on its head today by telling reporters that he had “considered staying on” at Real Madrid. (The Independent)

Spurs and Arsenal have both been dealt a setback in their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. (xxx)

Dwight Tiendalli’s second-half strike earned Swansea all three points and dealt a major blow to Wigan’s hopes of staving off relegation from the Premier League. The Dutchman was on hand to apply a simple finish in the 76th minute as the Welsh side twice came from behind to win 3-2 at the DW Stadium. (Daily Mail)

The Godolphin doping scandal took another remarkable twist yesterday. Mahmood Al Zarooni, the trainer at the centre of the affair, lodged an appeal against the severity of his eight-year suspension for the administration of performance-enhancing steroids to 15 horses in his care. (The Times)

Each day in a stage race contains its dangers, and on Tuesday Sir Bradley Wiggins suffered a setback in his bid to win the Giro d’Italia when he lost 17 seconds after being delayed by a crash ahead of him in the final three kilometres into the finish. (The Guardian)

Chelsea finally look to have landed Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.The German club’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser yesterday admitted the 22-year-old may have already agreed to sign for the Blues. (The Sun)