Roman Abramovich’s loan to Chelsea has now exceeded £1 billion (€1.38 billion) Photograph: Reuters

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s loan to the club’s parent company Fordstam has surpassed £1 billion (€1.38 billion), accounts show.The loan to Fordst(...)

 After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters. 1:54

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

José Mourinho says club’s needs are more important than the player’s desire. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

José Mourinho would block Petr Cech from moving to a rival Premier League club, if the decision were up to him. The Chelsea manager said he would ide(...)

Manchester United’s new signing Memphis Depay. Louis van Gaal does not believe the impending arrival will spur on all his current squad. Photograph: Getty Images

NICK AMES Louis van Gaal has admitted some of his Manchester United players will not respond well to the competition provided by the signing of Memph(...)

Chelsea are to open talks with Jose Mourinho’s representatives as they look to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge by a further two years. Photograph: PA

Chelsea are to hold talks with José Mourinho’s representative aimed at extending the manager’s second spell at Stamford Bridge by a further two years.(...)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces the media in Turin yesterday.  Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

The first reaction, outside the madhouse that is Real Madrid, is one of incredulity. Carlo Ancelotti, the manager who won the Champions League last s(...)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the sideline during the Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Stamford bridge. Photo:  Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Jose Mourinho insisted Chelsea did everything required of champions as he hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners’ approach.A 1-0 win over (...)

James McCarthy scoring the first goal for Everton in their 3-0 win over Manchester United. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

James McCarthy has said his long-term future remains with Everton and attributed an improvement in front of goal to being “let off the leash” by Rober(...)

At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The richest 250 people in Ireland are worth a combined €75.03 billion and have seen their wealth increase by 15.9 per cent in the last year, according(...)

Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

The nude is one of the most ubiquitous subjects in western art – and the most challenging and difficult to get right. The greatest examples were creat(...)