47-year-old ex-Russia and CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich talks to him after matches.
Slutsky, who resigned as CSKA Moscow manager last December, has made London his new home.
“I have known Mr Abramovich for 12 years because he had many football projects in Russia – a special academy,” Slutsky told The Telegraph.
“He funded the national team, he built many artificial pitches, about 300, and we spoke with him about football and development.
“Mr Abramovich has helped me. I live in the Chelsea hotel, they help me with tickets for games, I watched the Chelsea academy, first-team, under-23s and under-18s
“After matches I talk to Mr Abramovich and sometimes he asks my opinion on teams or players.
“We talk as friends, he believes in me and is like my supporter and coach. He’s a good supporter to have, I think the best in the world!”
Slutsky also hopes to be the first Russian manager in the Premier League.
“Another question is can I become the first Russian coach in history to work in England? There hasn’t been one before,” he said.
“Not only in England either, Russian coaches don’t work in other countries in Europe. Spain, Italy. I don’t know if I can be the first or not.
“Is it interesting for English clubs or not? This is a more difficult question.”