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Chelsea after Ruddy

Norwich City have told Chelsea that they will have to double their offer of £5m if they are to have any hope of signing goalkeeper John Ruddy, The Sun understands

The club made an offer last night, as they look to recruit back up for Petr Cech following the releases of Ross Turnbull and Hilario.

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois has extended his stay at Atletico Madrid for a further season, leaving Cech as the only keeper in the first team squad.

Ruddy, who won his first international cap for England in the friendly win over Italy last August, has been a stand performer for Norwich since signing from Everton in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Blues will turn their attention to Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski if they fail in their attempts to sign Edinson Cavani, according to the Mirror.

The Uruguay international is the clubs top target this summer, though Real Madrid is reportedly his preferred option.

Dortmund have shown that they are reluctant to sell Lewandowski, though with just a year remaining on the 24 year olds contract, a hefty bid could change well change their mind.

Elsewhere, Valencia want to take midfielder Oriol Romeu on loan.

The 21 year old made just a handful of appearances last season largely due to injury.

Benitez expecting Mourinho return

Rafael Benitez yesterday dropped a huge hint that Jose Mourinho is set to retake the reins at Stamford Bridge.

After telling reporters that “another manager” will be at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard said:

“I think everybody knows who will be here. I have to concentrate on my job. It’s not my concern”.

Chelsea’s interim manager then reiterated that he will not be at the club beyond the next four games, beginning with this evening’s crucial visit of Tottenham Hotspur.

Three points for the Blues will as good as see them qualify for the Champions League due to their superior goal difference.

However, should Tottenham take all three points, they will move level on points with Chelsea, ahead of the last two games of the season.

Eden Hazard is set to return to the starting line-up after recovering from the calf injury that kept him out of the win over Manchester United.

John Obi-Mikel and Ryan Bertrand remain side-lined, though Oriol Romeu is available following a long term knee problem.

Finally, the Daily Mail have reported that a deal to bring Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle to Stamford Bridge is near completion, with the German sides general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser claiming that a pre-contract agreement has ‘probably’ been signed.