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Benitez named new Napoli boss

Rafael Benitez has been appointed the new manger of Sere A side Napoli on a two year deal.

The 53 year old, whose spell as interim manager of Chelsea in about to come to an end, will replace outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri, who has joined Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Colombian international Radmel Falcao is expected to finalise his move to Monaco today.

The striker had been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Real Madrid, but has opted for a move to former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri’s mega rich side, who have just been promoted back to Ligue 1.

However, reports in Spain suggest that the aforementioned sides who missed out on the 27 year olds services have been included in a clause which gives them first refusal if and when he moves on.

Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson has included John Terry’s name on a list of former England internationals to have announced their retirement, or international retirement during this season, despite rumours that the Chelsea captain could make a U-turn on his decision.

Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole are expected to start in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley tomorrow evening.

Roy Hodgson’s men then travel to Rio de Janero to face Brazil on Sunday.

Chelsea without defensive trio for trip to Russia

Chelsea face a defensive selection headache ahead of tomorrow evening’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan.

Gary Cahill is set to miss the game following knee surgery, while Ryan Bertand has a virus, and joins fellow left-back Ashley Cole on the side-lines.

As the clubs only fit left back, 18 year old Nathan Ake is expected to be handed his first start.

The Blues won the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge a week ago.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star has reported that Jose Mourinho has already named his number one transfer target, should he be reappointed as Chelsea manager.

Brazilian striker Hulk, who has been linked with a move to London in the past, reportedly heads a list of targets chosen by the former Blues boss, who is odds on to retake the reins at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Swansea City will reportedly make a loan approach for striker Romelu Lukaku once his current deal with West Bromwich Albion comes to an end.

The Belgian international has stated that he wishes to spend another season away from the Blues in order to continue playing regularly.

Lukaku has scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances this season, with the Baggies looking set to achieve their highest ever Premier League finish under the guidance of former Blues defender Steve Clarke.