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European Super League: Chelsea follow English clubs in confirming breakaway withdrawal

By Sports Desk April 20, 2021

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  • Florenzi: Maldini must stay at Milan Florenzi: Maldini must stay at Milan

    Alessandro Florenzi says it is impossible to imagine Paolo Maldini leaving Milan amid uncertainty over his future.

    Maldini is coming towards the end of his contract with the newly-crowned Serie A champions and it has been reported that the technical director could leave.

    Milan wing-back Florenzi has no idea if the Rossoneri and Italy legend will still be at San Siro next season, with the club set to be taken over.

    Maldini spent his entire 25-year career at Milan, playing an incredible 902 games and winning 26 trophies.

    Florenzi cannot envisage the one-club man no longer being with the Rossoneri but hopes he will stay on.

    He said during a press conference ahead of Italy's Finalissima showdown with Argentina at Wembley next Wednesday: "Maldini does not know what he will do between now and June 30, let alone if I do.

    "Now I want to do well with the national team, then there will be the holidays and then what will be will be."

    He added: "I met him this year, he is a man of great values ​​and I would also put Massara [Milan sporting director Frederic] with him. They are the basis of the championship won, the two of them did a great job with the coach. 

    "They are very important people who can do well for Milan. A Milan without Maldini is a bit like a Rome without [Francesco] Totti and [Daniele] De Rossi."

  • Abramovich: Chelsea in good hands under new owners Abramovich: Chelsea in good hands under new owners

    Roman Abramovich is confident Chelsea will be in good hands under the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium after it was confirmed the takeover will go through on Monday.

    The Premier League club on Saturday released a statement revealing a new era that the deal is set to go through at the start of next week.

    Abramovich put the club up for sale in March before he was sanctioned by the UK government due to his links to Russia's President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

    The Boehly-led consortium this month agreed a £4.25billion deal to acquire the London club.

    Abramovich stated when he put Chelsea up for sale that the full amount that is paid to buy the club would go to a charitable foundation, with the money distributed to victims of the war in Ukraine.

    The 55-year-old on Saturday released a farewell statement.

    He said: "It has been nearly three months since I announced my intention to sell Chelsea FC. During this time, the team have worked hard to find the right custodian for Chelsea FC that would be best positioned to successfully lead the club into its next chapter.

    "The ownership of this club comes with great responsibility. Since I came to Chelsea nearly twenty years ago, I have witnessed first-hand what this club can achieve.

    "My goal has been to ensure that the next owner has a mindset that will enable success for the men's and women's team, as well as the will and drive to continue developing other key aspects of the club, such as the academy and the vital work of Chelsea Foundation.

    "I am pleased this search has now come to a successful conclusion. As I hand over Chelsea to its new custodians, I would like to wish them the best of success, both on and off the pitch.

    "It has been an honour of a lifetime to be a part of this club – I would like to thank all the club's past and current players, staff, and of course fans for these incredible years.

    "I am proud that as a result of our joint successes, millions of people will now benefit from the new charitable foundation which is being established. This is the legacy which we have created together."

  • France's sports minister backs Mbappe to shine in 2024 Olympics after confirming PSG stay France's sports minister backs Mbappe to shine in 2024 Olympics after confirming PSG stay

    France's sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera believes Kylian Mbappe will be the poster boy for the Paris Olympic Games.

    Mbappe last week decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, despite having widely been expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.

    The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal with PSG, keeping him at the Parc des Princes until 2025.

    It is a move that Oudea-Castera believes benefits the whole of France, as she suggested Mbappe, already a World Cup winner, will now be the star for the country to get behind in the 2024 Olympics.

    "To be on the field, in our magnificent sites, to represent his country at the Olympic Games in 2024, he has always dreamed of it and he will make so many of us dream of it," she told RMC Sport, as quoted by Le Parisien. 

    "It's a big 'YES' in capital letters. PSG will be fully behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am certain that all this will happen."

    Oudea-Castera thinks Mbappe is worth the huge salary the Ligue 1 champions are paying him.

    "The amounts are very high, but that rewards an immense talent, constant work. He is a huge worker, sport also has its big stars as has entrepreneurship," she added.

    "It's not dirty or ugly, especially since he gives a lot. Kylian makes his values clear, he is very committed."

    Oudea-Castera also had a word for Mbappe's France team-mate Karim Benzema, who she backed to win the Ballon d'Or after an extraordinary season with Madrid that might culminate in a Champions League triumph, with Los Blancos facing Liverpool in Paris on Saturday.

    "He has a good chance [of winning the Ballon d'Or]," she said. 

    "We are all behind him, it would be a very nice reward."

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