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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not been at Stamford Bridge for over a year now, but the Blues owner isn’t still interested in selling the club he bought in 2003.
Chelsea’s fortune has dramatically improved under Abramovich, and the Russian billionaire has the habit of watching home games at Stamford Bridge. However, he has since been denied visa by the UK government after strained relations with Russia.
Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, had been strongly linked with a bid for Chelsea before completing a takeover at French club Lille last summer as Roman wasn’t interested in selling.
According to the Daily Mail, Abramovich has turned down an offer from a consortium based in the Middle East to buy the club.
The 52-year-old billionaire Chelsea owner has no intention of selling the club, and one Moscow-based connection told The Telegraph: “Roman simply wants at least £3billion before he will start listening.”
Meanwhile, former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed he encouraged Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Tottenham 16 years ago.
The Swede told The Times: “Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.
“I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.”’