Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not been seen at Stamford Bridge in well over a year and recent reports indicate that he no longer maintains an owner’s box at the stadium — instead of paying the £1-3 million annual fee for the corporate box, he’s now on a pay-as-you-go plan (which he’s not using as he’s not been going).
Combined with the still-dormant stadium plans, plus the returning rumors about tax-dodging Jim Ratcliffe possibly interested in acquiring the club, and the UK’s frosty relationship with the Russian powers that be, Abramovich’s commitment to Chelsea has been called into serious question despite spending many millions on players like Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, and Jorginho over the past twelve months.
But according to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, that sort of speculation is nonsense. Of course, he’s unlikely to ever say anything to the contrary, but he’s gone so far as to claim that Roman’s actually in contact at least daily, if not more.
“Everything he’s doing reaffirms his commitment to Chelsea. We hear from him several times a day and he’s talking to us about players, commercial activities and our good causes. So I would say he’s committed to Chelsea.”
Abramovich is also one of the driving forces behind Chelsea’s increased role in various anti-Semitism causes, including the frinedly exhibition/charity match against New England in May
“It was his idea and he’s checking in with us regularly as to how it’s going and what we’re doing and what effect we’re having, so yes it’s very important to him”
-Bruce Buck; source: Sky
May that long continue! And hopefully we’ll see Abramovich back at the Bridge soon, too.