2 May 2019

Abramovich Is Not Planning Chelsea Sale  (Sky Sports)

Roman AbramovichChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not interested in selling the club, Sky Sports News understands.

Abramovich's reluctance to sell the west London club comes after renewed newspaper speculation this week linking Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe with a takeover.

Ratcliffe refused to rule out the possibility of taking over the Premier League side earlier this week, saying "you never say no" when asked about his interest in the Blues.

Sky Sports News understands that Abramovich, who bought Chelsea in 2003, has not spoken with Ratcliffe or any other potential buyers, and has no desire to do so.

Club director Marina Granovskaia currently oversees Chelsea's day-to-day football operations on Abramovich's behalf.

The Russian has not attended a game at Stamford Bridge since having an application to renew his tier-1 investor visa rejected by the UK government last year, amid heightened political tensions with Russia.

Ratcliffe attempted to add French football club Nice to his growing sports portfolio, a spokesperson for his petrochemicals company INEOS confirmed in April.

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