Along with Ukraine and Russia, Chelsea are equally in the news over the war. It is Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich who is attracting the spotlight on the Blues amidst the war. Britain’s heavy sanctions on Russia and the close aides of President Vladimir Putin has taken a toll over Abramovich too. The Russian came under immense pressure to give-up the ownership as he too is facing heavy sanctions being one of the oligarchs of Putin. Moreover, Abramovich has put his other assets in the UK on a sale too. All in all, Abramovich wasn’t allowed in the country since 2018, and now neither his business will be allowed.
Last week Roman Abramovich did issue an official statement which said he is handing over the “stewardship and care” of the club to the trustees of its charitable foundation. However, that didn’t put an end to the problems. The six trustees asked Abramovich to come more specific and further elaborate his statement. Finally, Roman Abramovich has decided to end it once and for all by selling Chelsea. His statement had already green-lit those interested in buying Chelsea to prepare the bids. Meanwhile, former manager Jose Mourinho’s comments over Abramovich have also resurfaced.
Swiss billionaire in talks with Roman Abramovich for take-over
As rumors were ripe last week that Abramovich will finally sell the club, bidders had their offers readied. Per multiple reports, Roman Abramovich is expecting bids in a range which could recover his $2 billion investment in the club. Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has confirmed the same as he is one of the highly interested candidates. Wyss said, “Abramovich wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich. I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him $2.5 billion [actually $2 billion]. But Chelsea has no money. That means: those who buy Chelsea should compensate Abramovich.”
Wyss further stated that he alone won’t facilitate the potential take-over from Roman Abramovich, but rather complete it with a group of investors. “As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can already say: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors,” added Wyss.
Jose Mourinho on Abramovich
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho once spoke about his equation with Roman Abramovich. The Portuguese was quite a trusted ally of the Russian as he managed the club twice since under Abramovich’s ownership. Though on both the occasions Mourinho was fired by Abramovich, Chelsea enjoyed immense success under the manager. Mourinho won the first Premier League title of the Roman Abramovich era in 2004/05 season, and even defended the title in the following season.
Mourinho who won 8 major honors with Chelsea, making him the most successful manager of Abramovich’s time. However, back in 2016, Mourinho was asked about his relationship with Roman Abramovich. Many expected the answer to be quite an obvious that the both were absolute ‘pals’, but Mourinho as usual delivered the unexpected. Jose said, “He [Roman Abramovich] was never my friend. We always had the relationship of owner-manager; a very respectful relationship. We were never friends. We were never close to each other. So, no, he is just a person that I keep very respected.”