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Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea could soon end: the Sunday Times reports that the Russian tycoon has put the club up for sale, 15 years after he bought it.

The report claim that an asking price of over £2bn has been set, considerably more than the current world record figure for a football club sale: Abramovich has hired Raine Group, the same specialist US investment bank who helped Manchester City’s owners to sell a 13% stake to Chinese investors three years ago to help him to sell the club.

Abramovich has already rejected an £2bn offer from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, earlier this year since he believes he can receive a higher offer for the Premier League club.

The Russian tycoon wants Raine Group to find investors in China, the US and the Middle East over a possible sale of his club.

This news of a potential sale follows the announcement that the West London club had postponed plans for a new 60,000-seat stadium in May: the decision was made after Abramovich was unable to secure a new visa to work in the UK.

 

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Maurizio Sarri has also been asked if he wants to be labelled with a nickname just as José Mourinho did with “The Special One”.

The new Chelsea manager, speaking at his first press conference in Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “I would like everyone here just to call me Maurizio. Just Maurizio”.

On Mourinho: “He has won everything and I think that this is enough for a manager. Someone who has this track record does not need a description. We are talking about a world level manager. I esteem Pep, and the other managers, my style is closest to Guardiola”

And on Guardiola: Well he is a class act, he is a champion and a genius. It is difficult to explain his insights. Clearly he had some difficulties in the first year, but reaching 100 points in Premier League is extraordinary and might not be repeated. For us we need to fill in a gap. I hope last year was an occasional gap”.

About his past faux pas towards Roberto Mancini back in 2016 and an Italian journalist last season, Sarri noted:  “People make mistakes”.

“One was made when I was angry, the other was not a mistake because she was a journalist who I shared jokes with for three years, it was miscronstued. Those who know me very well, I am not homophobic/racist or sexist”.

“I do not have this type of problem and I hope to show this when I work and live here. Mistakes were made and you have to apologise and a professional attitude is needed”.

About the relationship with Roman Abramovich: “This is something where our owner is a reserved person. I don’t want to start a work relationship with him by speaking about private things. This is a private relationship and I hope this is respected, also given the characteristics of our owner”.

 

 

Chelsea have announced the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte yesterday.

The former Napoli head-coach takes the reins at Stamford Bridge on a three-year-deal, as Chelsea confirmed through their website.

An official statement reads: “Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach. He moves to Stamford Bridge following a successful three-year spell at Serie A side Napoli”.

The Italian man, who will start his new job on Monday, told Chelsea’s official website: “‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action”.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW TO CHELSEA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Moreover, the signing of Jorginho from Napoli is expected to be announced in the next few hours.

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed Chelsea asked him two times, some years ago, if he was interested to become the Blues’ manager.

I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England. But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less. Eriksson told the Daily Star. “That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes”.

Altough the Swede was interested, he declined both Chelsea’s approaches, the first made when Roman Abramovich bought the club, the second when the Chelsea’s owner sacked Claudio Ranieri:

It came out and became a mess. I thought I couldn’t do it and had to stay with England”. Eriksson went on. “When I say ‘had to stay’ it wasn’t something that I went home crying about. I had a fantastic job that I was very proud to have.”

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made CSKA star Aleksandr Gloving a target to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

It is understood also Juventus are keeping tabs on the attacking-midfielder, who’s been targeted by Barcelona and Arsenal too.

With Maurizio Sarri reportedly set to be appointed as new manager, the Russian starlet could become the first signing to revamp Chelsea’s midfield.

Golovin, who scored in the World Cup 2018 opener against Saudi Arabia, played the whole game against Egypt in St.Petersburg tonight.

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According to reports by the Daily Mail in the last few days Jim Ratcliffe, known as Britain’s richest man, has had a bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Current Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich turned down the bid as the Russian confirmed he is committed to Chelsea despite the difficulties which has emerged in the last few weeks and caused, for example, the suspension of the new Stamford Bridge‘s project.

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said the Italian manager was among the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge earlier last season.

Antonio Conte told reporters the Nigerian midfielder was keen on a move to Chinese Super League to make a new experience following 11 years with the Blues.

However, Mikel himself believes Conte’s lack of respect and appreciation towards ‘players who have been there before and who made this club what it is today’ made the difference in his decision to leave the West London club in 2017.

Speaking ahead of international friendly game against England National team at Wembley, he said: “Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today”.

“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect. When you don’t get that from  you deal with it, you move on.

“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person. My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come”.

Obi Mikel spoke out also on Roman Abramovich: “It doesn’t concern me at all. The club is in really good hands, run by Marina [Granovskaia] now. She loves the club. I think she makes decisions purely on the betterment of the club, which is how a club should be run. She does exactly what Roman wants her to do”.

“Roman loves the club. He has devoted his time, money into this football club. He has made Chelsea what it is today. I don’t care what anyone says, Roman made Chelsea what Chelsea is today and I think, because of the amount of wealth he has brought into this country, everybody owes him a little bit of appreciation.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as the new favourite to become new Chelsea boss after meeting the board yesterday, GianlucaDiMarzio.com reports.

The Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be an admirer of the Serbian coach and the fact that he also speaks Russian is seen as a bonus.

Jokanovic also spent two seasons with the west London club as a player, making a total of 46 appearances, between 2000 and 2002.

Di Marzio adds that at least one more meeting will be held with the Fulham manager as some concerns remain over his experience.

As a result of this, Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc still remain the top contenders.

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The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available to revamp his squad next summer, Italian reports claim.

The former Napoli head coach was replaced by ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from the Azzurri: central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, full-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal for a swap.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been granted Israeli citizenship after delays in the renewal of his UK visa, which some view as part of a crackdown on wealthy Russians.

Abramovich, who is worth an estimated £8.6 billion ($11.4 billion), exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which allows Jews from anywhere in the world to gain Israeli citizenship.

Incidentally, with his new citizenship, Abramovich has instantly become Israel’s richest person and perhaps he’ll find it easier to get back into the UK as an Israeli citizen.

Unlike the Russians, the Israelis do get a visa-free stay in the UK for up to six months straight, but it’s not clear if the decision on the Tier 1 investor visa that he needs is actually affected by the citizenship of the applicant.

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