Football Today, June 20, 2022: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck steps down

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The president of the Blues resigns

Chelsea have confirmed chairman Bruce Buck will step down at the end of this month, with new co-owner Todd Boehly expected to replace him.

American Buck, 76, has overseen two decades of success at the club since helping takeover Roman Abramovich in 2003.

He will continue to be involved at Stamford Bridge in a senior advisory role.

In a statement, Buck said: “I am proud to have helped Chelsea achieve great success on the pitch and to have a positive impact on the community.

“Now is the right time to step aside and let the new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place.

“The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.”

Boehly also paid tribute to Buck, saying: “Bruce led Chelsea to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport.

“We thank Bruce for his service and commitment to the club.”

Rudiger is the real deal

Antonio Rudiger has been unveiled as a Real Madrid player

Antonio Rudiger admits Real Madrid was the only club he wanted to sign for this summer.

The German defender, 29, was officially unveiled as a Los Blancos player this morning after opting to leave Chelsea at the end of his contract.

During his press conference, Rudiger claimed that Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona had made a late bid for his services but his decision was already made.

He explained: “There was interest from Barcelona but I told my brother, it’s Real or nothing.

“Hopefully what I can bring is my leadership and my fighting spirit. I can promise you that I will give my all for this club.

“I want to win as many titles as possible. Hala Madrid and nothing else!”

Club president Florentino Perez added: “Today one of the best defenders in the world arrives at Real Madrid. Antonio, you are now part of a unique club and family.”

Rudiger will wear the No.22 jersey in the Spanish capital.

Pep sees the value of Silva

Pep Guardiola will take Manchester City to Barcelona in August
Pep Guardiola will take Manchester City to Barcelona in August

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes midfielder Bernardo Silva will stay with the club, despite reported interest from Barcelona.

The Portuguese playmaker has already spoken of his desire to play in La Liga, but his Catalan boss does not expect a transfer this summer.

Guardiola, 51, said: “I think he will continue with [City]. But I’ve always said that I don’t want players who don’t want to be with us.

“But Bernardo is important and I think he will stay. As a club, the goal is for him to stay.”

The Citizens coach was speaking when announcing a friendly match between Barca and City which will take place on August 24.

The clash will raise funds for charity ALS and will see the Premier League champions face a club with which Guardiola has enjoyed so much success, both as a player and a manager.

Guardiola added: “We want to thank Barca for inviting us here and for setting up such a great scene like the Camp Nou.

“We’ll try to fill it with as many people as possible and we’re looking forward to it.”

Ajax unveil their new kit

Daley Blind poses in the new Ajax shirt
Daley Blind poses in the new Ajax shirt

Ajax have unveiled a new kit ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Made with 100% recycled materials, the adidas design features a number of gold details to celebrate the Dutch giants’ triumph in the Eredivisie last season.

De Godenzonen won a third straight title in 2021-22 but is now starting life without Erik ten Hag after the 52-year-old opted to take the reins at Manchester United.

Former Club Brugge manager Alfred Schreuder, 49, signed a two-year contract last month to replace him at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

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