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Thomas Tuchel Cannot Think Of Chelsea Without Abrahamovic

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

With announcement made by the Chelsea owner of his intentions to put the club up for sale following the invasion of Russia on Ukraine, the Blues coach does not see a Chelsea without the Russian owner.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said during his post match press conference against Luton Town that he just cannot imagine the club without Roman Abrahamovic.


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The Russian who took ownership of the West London club back in 2003 and have overseen 21 trophies in his nineteen year as the owner which included working with fifteen different managers will most likely relinquish ownership of the seven time English champions.

The invasion of Russia in Ukraine has been widely condemned by the football world and Abrahamovic has had his assets frozen as a result of the political feud.

He’s however left with no option than to put the club up for sale as said in his official statement on Tuesday evening. A decision that may well affect the club for the foreseeable future.

Head coach, Thomas Tuchel has however insisted that they’re focused on the present despite being aware of the intentions of the owner and that he and his team cannot imagine the club without its beloved owner.

Asked to sum up the owner’s impact at Chelsea after the match, Blues boss Tuchel replied: “It’s a bit too early because it’s big news.

“It’s a bit too early to speak, because I can only think about Chelsea with Roman Abramovich. So it’s very hard for me. It hasn’t sunk in yet that this is going to stop. It’s a massive change of course.

“We did not talk about it (before the Luton match). We did not talk about it, we accepted it.

“The players have internet connections, they watch TV so of course they knew, they get messages. But still we focused in the preparation only on sports.

“And maybe some players are more affected, some less, but in the end we managed to focus, grow into this game and find the key top win it.

“I don’t think I need to talk about it, I don’t know as much as maybe you think. I’m not a CEO or member of the board. So, I’m very sure the club will speak to us and the players.

“I’m not so much worried because I still feel privileged and in a good place. And I still hope and trust for the best. I’m not so much the person who worries about things I cannot influence.

“It’s big news, it will be a big change, but I’m also never afraid of change, and will focus on what I can influence, and this is staff and team at Cobham.”

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Roman Abrahamovic himself has said the net proceeds from the sale of the club will go to the victims of the war in Ukraine as a gesture of solidarity from the Russian.

The 55 year old oil tycoon who has denied ties with much maligned Russian president Vladimir Putin has put the interest of the club ahead of his personal interest and that’s why he has decided to sell the club.

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Abrahamovic has invested over £2bn in the club and has also decided to offset a debt of £1.5bn owed to him by the club.

In a statement, Abramovich said: “As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process. I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business nor money for me, but about pure passion for the game and club.

“Moreover, I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery.

“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the club in this manner. However, I do believe this is in the best interest of the club.

“I hope that I will be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to all of you in person. It has been a privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.”

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