Chelsea News: Gary Neville sends takeover warning to possible owners as Real Madrid claim made

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Gary Neville sends message to prospective owners after deadline passes

The well known Sky Sports pundit has stated that not only ‘money’ is required for Chelsea’s new owners to follow on from Roman Abramovich’s work. Saudi Media and other big money consortia have been put together as the deadline of Friday has now passed by but Neville has predicted worrying things for the Blues.

He said on a Sky Sports Q and A: “The new ownership could set Chelsea back because Roman Abramovich and the people he’s had operating the club have been fantastic owners with respect to what they’ve done in terms of winning. They’ve been a success machine for the last 10-20 years.

“That doesn’t just come with money, we’ve seen at Manchester United and Arsenal where they’ve put billions into the team and not had the success that Chelsea have had. Chelsea can feel comfortable that they’ll have rich owners, but will they have football smart owners? Because that’s what Abramovich has been.

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“For all of the talk over the last few weeks, all the sanctions, the distasteful end to his reign, he has been a pretty impressive football operator and he probably doesn’t get the credit for it because other people operate the club. But he sets the tone, you can’t just take it away from the fact that he is the owner.”

Newcastle’s PIF ownerships stance on Saudi Media’s Chelsea takeover revealed on deadline day

Newcastle’s Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) are said to be ‘dubious’ about the chances of seeing Saudi Media’s Chelsea takeover go through on deadline day which is a contrast to the feeling amongst the Premier League. With the deadline for consortia to put together their bids having passed at 9pm last night, it is understood that Mohamed Al Khereiji consortium’s £2.7billion offer was submitted earlier this week and it is expected to be the highest offer out of all the bidders.

Al Khereiji and co will soon find out just how successful their bid has been when the Raine Group reveal the three or four consortia shortlist. Gary Neville and Ian Wright are among pundits who have raised their concerns of seeing more Saudi involvement coming into the Premier League from overseas but that does not appear to be a factor in the eyes of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and according to what Nigel Huddleston has said on the matter.

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Thomas Tuchel makes Real Madrid Champions League disadvantage claim ahead of Eden Hazard return

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes his side could be at an ‘disadvantage’ for their Champions League Quarter-final tie against Real Madrid due to lack of fans being able to support the team. These concerns have been amplified in recent days with the EU’s decision to sanction Roman Abramovich, meaning the Lille away trip could be the last European adventure for a fanbase who has been left in limbo during these turbulent times.

The Blues boss had said in a previous interview after Lille that he didn’t have a preference as to who his side were drawn against as he wants the opposition – in this case, Carlo Ancelotti’s side – to view his outfit as one that ‘nobody would want to play against.’

However, this time round, the German is still expecting a ‘tough’ encounter against a side who sit 10 points top in La Liga currently and with no fans potentially attending, making it even more of a difficult ‘challenge’ in the manager’s eyes.

“Tough one. The challenge can not be much higher than playing the second leg in the Bernabeu with spectators. It’s a big challenge but there is bit excitement around this match and fixture. We know what’s coming. It will be an exciting match and a tough challenge,” he said in his pre-match Middlesbrough press conference on Friday morning.

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