Roman Abramovich insists on stringent conditions against Chelsea’s new owners

Roman Abramovich is demanding Chelsea’s new owners commit to not copying the Glazer Manchester United model, according to The Sun.

As part of the detailed discussions with the “preferred bidder” consortium headed by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, Abramovich is insisting on stringent conditions.

The Russian’s appointed brokers, the US-based Raine Group, have told Boehly that he must promise not to pay out dividends or take any management fees for a decade after the completion of the deal.

That would prevent Boehly from echoing the approach of the Glazers since their 2005 United takeover – and which has sparked consistent and growing protests from fans.

Boehly, backed by US venture capital investors Clearlake, is closing in on his £4bn takeover despite the late bid by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos group.

But Boehly will have to agree to Abramovich’s conditions before final approval – including limits on future debt levels and a commitment to spending £1bn on Stamford Bridge, the academy and the club’s highly-successful women’s team.

Ralf Rangnick demotes Man United youngster from club’s first team after on-field antics

Hannibal Mejbri was “reprimended” by interim boss Ralf Rangnick following his chaotic six-minute appearance against Liverpool.

Hannibal managed to pick up a booking in his short time on the field after a number of reckless challenges.

And while Manchester United legend Gary Neville admitted he was “proud” of the performance, one man who wasn’t was Rangnick.

The 19-year-old was demoted back to the U23s following the game on Rangnick’s orders.

That’s according to ESPN, who claim the interim gaffer had words with Hannibal following the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Being dropped back down to the youth side reportedly came as a punishment for his on-field antics.

Official: Mikel Arteta signs new contract at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has signed a new contract at Arsenal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2024/25 season.

In what is a huge show of faith from the club, the Spaniard has signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, following an impressive campaign from the Gunners that could end with them finishing in a Champions League place for the first time in five years.

A short statement on Arsenal.com read: “We are delighted to announce that Mikel Arteta and Jonas Eidevall have signed new contracts with the club.”

Arteta has spoken about the new deal himself, saying: “When I spoke to Josh [Kroenke] he could see the club at the same point and he wanted to take the club the way I wanted to do it. So everything that he’s said, and that Stan has said when I’ve been together with both of them, they’ve always delivered.

“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams. In order to do that, we have to be playing in the Champions League.

“We have to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, improve all departments, generate even more connection with our fans, improve the atmosphere at the Emirates, be able to recruit top, top talent and the best people for this club to drive this project to that level.”

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Carlo Ancelotti reveals his retirement plan

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that he will “probably retire” after his second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu ends.

But former Chelsea boss Ancelotti then immediately threw a curveball by saying he would happily spend another ten years at Real if the newly-crowned LaLiga champions want him to.

Ancelotti told Amazon Prime: “After this Real Madrid chapter, I will probably retire.

“But if Real wants me to stay here for 10 years, I’ll stay another 10 years.

“I would like to be with my grandchildren, to go on holiday with my wife. There are so many things to do that I’ve had to put aside.

“The national team in the future can be an option. Canada? Why not? I’d like it.

“There’s a lot of places I’ve never been to. I’ve never been to Australia. I’ve never been to Rio de Janeiro. I want to go visit my sister more often.

“Unfortunately you can’t do everything, so the day I retire, I’ll have all these things to do”

John Terry reveals how Mourinho scuttled Rafa Benitez’s plan to kick him out Chelsea

Chelsea legend John Terry revealed former interim manager Rafa Benitez told club chiefs during his brief tenure at Stamford Bridge that the former captain “had to go”.

But then Benitez left in the summer of 2013 and was replaced by Jose Mourinho, who called Terry and promised him that he would be his skipper going forward.

Posting a picture on Instagram holding the Premier League trophy, the former defender wrote: “Champions 2015. I played every single game the season after Rafa told the club I had to go and I couldn’t play two games a week…

“I then had a phone call from Jose Mourinho telling me he was coming and I was his captain.”

Chelsea dealt huge blow over move for PSG’s star

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of PSG ace Achraf Hakimi.

The Blues have been tracking the right-back for a while.

But he’s got no intentions of leaving PSG anytime soon, according to his agent Alexandro Camano.

Camano said, via Fabrizio Romano: “He’s happy there, we have 4 years left on our contract with PSG.

“Achraf’s young and wants to continue growing at Paris Saint Germain.”

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen searching for Barcelona home

There are reports that Chelsea ace Andreas Christensen is house hunting in Barcelona ahead of his move to Spain.

Christensen is out of contract at Stamford Bridge come the end of the season and he can join another club for free with Barca posing as favourites.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Blaugrana have won the race for the centre-back’s signature.

The Denmark international has instructed his Barcelona-based advisors to undertake the search and put proposals before him once the season with Chelsea has finished.

The report goes on to state that the 26-year-old hasn’t shown a preference on where he wants to live.

Options close to Barca’s Ciutat Esportiva training ground, the beach or in the city itself will be considered by Christensen