The club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, Abramovich broke his silence to confirm his intentions to sell the Chelsea FC – with proceeds of the prospective sale to be donated to the victims of war in Ukraine – following increased scrutiny regarding his relationship with Vladimir Putin.
With a reported asking price of £3billion, the Russian oligarch says that the decision to offload the Premier League giants has been challenging.
His statement on Chelsea’s website read: “I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC.
“As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.
“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process. I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business nor money for me, but about pure passion for the game and club.
Abramovich: “I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business for me, but about pure passion for the game and Club”. ?? #CFC
“I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine”. pic.twitter.com/t3NtO08DOj
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 2, 2022
“Moreover, I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery.
“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the club in this manner. However, I do believe this is in the best interest of the club.
“I hope that I will be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to all of you in person. It has been a privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.”
Abramovich is worth an estimated £10.4bn ($12.5bn), according to Forbes, and owns a £150m Kensington mansion, a £22m penthouse, and more than £1.2bn of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars in Britain and globally.