After three months of uncertainty, Chelsea’s future has now become clearer, with the club confirming a “definitive agreement” to sell to the Boehly-Clearlake Consortium. The deal will be completed on Monday, ending Roman Abramovich’s 19 years as owner. It is safe to say that we never expected the end of the Roman era to come in such a way.
Abramovich has transformed the club from a good team with aspirations to a great team with relentless ambition, spending more than a billion pounds since 2003 in pursuit of 21 trophies, completing the whole with the Club World Cup earlier this year. It wasn’t always easy to navigate and it wasn’t always perfect, but through it all, the one thing we could never question was his love for the club.
And that commitment has stuck to the end, with his latest statement as Chelsea owner revealing his confidence that he had found the club’s next best custodians.
“Almost three months have passed since I announced my intention to sell Chelsea FC. During this time, the team has worked hard to find the right custodian for Chelsea FC who would be best placed to successfully lead the Club into its next chapter.
“Ownership of this Club carries a great responsibility. Since I arrived at Chelsea almost twenty years ago, I have witnessed first-hand what this Club can achieve. My aim has been to ensure that the next owner has a mindset that enables the success of the men’s and women’s team, as well as the will and drive to continue to develop other key aspects of the Club, such as the Academy and the vital work of the Chelsea Foundation.
“I am pleased that this search has come to a successful conclusion. As I hand over Chelsea to its new custodians, I would like to wish them every success, both on and off the pitch.”
That said, we have no idea what the future will look like without Abramovich, though we can at least look back on all the great things we were able to accomplish, as well as the good that will be done with the billions raised from the sale. , which are scheduled to be donated to a war relief charity.
It has been a lifetime honor to be part of this Club. I would like to thank all the players, the staff and of course the past and current fans of the Club for these incredible years.
I am proud that, as a result of our joint successes, millions of people will now benefit from the new charitable foundation that is being established. This is the legacy we have created together.
-source: Chelsea F.C.
Declaration of Roman Abramovich.
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