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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was once a regular fixture in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge, but hasn’t visited the Bridge for more than a year, having been locked in a visa row with the UK government in recent months and hasn’t been seen around the club.
Reports started to claim that the Russian billionaire was interested in selling the club and would cash out for the sum of £2.5b.
A Middle East-based consortium was quoted £2.5billion for the club but pulled out of a deal due to ‘complications relating to a proposed £1.2bn redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.’
However, The Telegraph now claim that Roman Abramovich no longer has any intention of selling Chelsea after seeing his love for the club reignited by the start Frank Lampard has made as manager.
The report claims two ‘close associates’ have confirmed the club is now off the market after there were no serious bids in the 18 months since a sale was first considered.
Chelsea are playing brilliant football and youths are being given a chance – two key things Abramovich has craved for since buying the club.