- The owner of the ‘blue’ box justifies his decision “thinking of the best for the club”
Roman Abramovich, who has been linked to Vladimir Putin with the consequent reaction of many asking the British government to be sanctioned after the conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, sells Chelsea. The Russian billionaire owner of the ‘blue’ team announced it this Wednesday through an official statement in which he justifies his decision “thinking of the best for the club”
“I want to address the speculation in the media about my ownership of Chelsea. As I have said before, I have always made my decisions with the best interests of the club in mind. In the current situation, I have decided to sell the club as I believe it is in the best interest of the club. for the club, the fans, the employees and the partners and sponsors. The sale of the club will not be accelerated, but will follow due process. I will not ask for any loans to be paid. This has never been about business or money for me, but out of passion for the game and the club,” said the statement released through Chelsea’s official channels.
“In addition, I have instructed my team to establish a charitable foundation to which all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will benefit all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds for urgent and immediate needs of the victims, as well as support long-term recovery work,” continued the letter signed by Abramovich.
The tycoon, who took control of Chelsea in 2003, takes this step to the side with pain. “This decision has been incredibly difficult for me and it pains me to part with the club in this way. However, I think it is for the best,” he said in the aforementioned statement.
Finally, he released a last message in the ‘blue’ key. “I look forward to visiting Stamford Bridge to say goodbye to all of you in person. It has been a privilege to be a part of Chelsea and I am proud of all the achievements I have made. Chelsea and their fans will always be in my heart,” he concluded.
Statement from Roman Abramovich.
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Even before Abramovich himself announced his will to beat Chelsea, Hansjorg Wyss, a Swiss billionaire based in the United States, spoke about it, establishing himself as one of the possible buyers. “Abramovich has panicked. He is trying to sell all his villas in England and also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly,” he said in statements granted to Blick, who would be one of the four suitors.
As for the sale price, it is estimated that between the club’s debt, the share price and the new stadium project, the investment could be above 7,000 million euros. However, if Abramovich complies with what was said in the statement regarding not claiming the loan that the club has with him (about 2,400 ‘kilos’), the amount would be lower. And considering the urgency, perhaps even more so.