Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez expects an offer from Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Telegraph says the Spaniard has not entirely given up hope of being awarded the Chelsea post on a permanent basis but after a second home defeat in a week, by Swansea on Wednesday night, his slim prospects of winning Roman Abramovich's long-term approval are receding.

While there has been no direct contact from Madrid, Benítez has had enough encouragement from third-party sources to believe that he will be in club president Florentino Perez's thoughts in the summer if, as expected Jose Mourinho, is shown the door.