Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck has revealed that owner Roman Abramovich is still intimately involved with the club and will reject any bargain bids from any investors for its sale. Questions have been raised over his involvement at the club in recent times as the spending power has reduced in comparison to when he newly acquired the outfit. He also attends fewer games in recent times
One contributing factor has been the visa issues in Britain as Abramovich was born in Saratov but had to take Israeli citizenship in May 2018 to enable him to remain hands-on in England.
The Russian has welcomed offers but has no desire to part with the club and will continue to decide on how things are run at Stamford Bridge to ensure the continued progress of the club.
In a recent with The Guardian regarding takeover rumors, Bruce Buck revealed: “I have never heard a word from Abramovich: ‘Let’s get this ready for a sale,’ or something.
“Because of the political situation, there are people who think they might want to buy Chelsea at a bargain. We do get inquiries and we really have nothing to say to these people.
“In terms of being involved, in looking at new players, talking about whether to extend players’ contracts… [he] was always intimately involved in that from day one and is just as intimately involved now.”
Meanwhile, Abramovich’s hands have been tied with regards to the two-window transfer ban Chelsea is currently facing. They hope to see the embargo lifted after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Regardless, they’ve been impressive this season and seem to have benefitted from the ban.
Buck went on to admit this and pointed out Frank Lampard’s belief in the youngsters as one of the contributing factors: “The transfer ban has led to more opportunities for the young players.”
“I can’t deny that if there wasn’t a transfer ban we might have splurged out on one or two or three players. So, yes, it was some of that; it was Frank Lampard, the players that were ready, a whole collection of things that resulted in where we are now.
“It makes Mr Abramovich very happy, because he is very interested in the academy. I would guess he’s one of the very few owners that have been to lots of academy matches”, he added.