Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit senses Jose Mourinho will return to the club at the end of the season, and believes the Portuguese would have left Real Madrid for Stamford Bridge last year had the Blues not won the Champions League.
Mourinho's future at Real Madrid remains in doubt with the Santiago Bernabeu club 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, and the 50-year-old is odds on favourite with bookmakers to come back to west London in the summer.
Rafael Benitez looks almost certain not to have his interim tenure with Chelsea made permanent at the end of the campaign, and Gullit expects the Spaniard to make way for Mourinho when his task with the Blues is complete.
"Rafa Benitez's main objective this season is to qualify for the Champions League and then to make way for Jose Mourinho," Gullit told talkSPORT Drive Time.
"I have a gut feeling that Mourinho will come back to Chelsea."
Gullit, meanwhile, says it is his opinion that Chelsea were looking to sign Mourinho as a replacement for Roberto di Matteo last year who, like Benitez, was placed in temporary charge following the mid-season sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.
But the ex-Chelsea boss believes Mourinho decided against coming back to the club following their Champions League triumph in Munich, and instead opted to sign a new contract with Real Madrid.
"I have a feeling that he was meant to come back after the Champions League final but then when Chelsea won it I think he thought better of it," Gullit added.
"It’s no coincidence that right after the final he signed a new contract with Real Madrid."