Roman Abramovich has announced he is to sell Chelsea, saying the decision is “in the best interest of the club”.
The Russian has also confirmed that it is setting up a donation base for the benefit of “all victims of the Ukrainian war”, in which they will donate all proceeds from the sale of the Premier League club.
In a statement published on Chelsea’s website, Abramovich confirmed the sale “would not be rushed but would follow a proper process”, adding that he would not ask for a loan from the club.
“This has never been business or money for me, but it is about the love of the game and the team,” he said.
“Please know that this has been a very difficult decision, and it pains me to part with the team in this way. However, I believe this will benefit the team.
“I hope to be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to all of you. It has been a lifelong privilege to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of everything we have achieved together. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.”
Abramovich, who bought Chelsea in 2003, was targeted last week following Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
The 55-year-old oligarch was photographed with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past, and last week Abramovich reportedly did not get involved in politics, a spokesman for the Blues owner told the Press Association on Monday that he was “trying to help” find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Russian businesses and elites have been hit by a series of crippling financial sanctions by nations around the world since the attacks began last Thursday.
It is unclear whether Abramovich has been affected yet, but on Saturday he announced he was offering “Chelsea trustees of the club that helps the needy to manage and care for Chelsea”, a move that has shocked England football although it is not yet clear what exactly. it actually meant.
Swiss millionaire Hansjorg Wyss told Blick he had received a bid to sign for Chelsea this week but was interested in buying the club as part of a “six to seven investment” team.