‘It’s not over yet’ – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts as Roman Abramovich agrees to sell club


Thomas Tuchel admits he can’t begin to think about life after Roman Abramovich at Chelsea.

American-Israeli billionaire Abramovich confirmed his “extremely difficult decision” to sell Chelsea on Wednesday night, amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

The 55-year-old has owned the Blues since 2003 and helped the Stamford Bridge team win 19 major titles.

But his glittering reign in west London is coming to an end, with a group of billionaires having publicized their interest in a deal.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and US investor Todd Boehly are understood to be two of the parties joining forces and preparing to bid for The Blues.

Abramovich could be subject to UK government sanctions if he is near the Russian state, although he is also understood to have tried to broker a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine.

Chelsea players and coaches learned of Abramovich’s decision to sell the club at the end of preparations for the Blues’ 3-2 FA Cup fifth round win at Luton.

And the still-shocked Tuchel admits it will take time for him to grasp the significant change on the cards at Stamford Bridge.

Asked about Abramovich’s impact at Chelsea, the Blues boss replied: “It’s a bit early because it’s big news.

“It is too early to say, because I can only think of Chelsea with Roman Abramovich. So it’s very difficult for me. It has yet to sink in that this will stop. That’s a big change, of course.

“We didn’t talk about it (before the Luton game). We didn’t talk about it, we accepted it.

“The players have an internet connection, they watch TV so of course they know, they get the message. But we still just focus on preparing for sports.

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

“I don’t think I need to talk about it, I don’t know as much as you think. I am not the chief executive officer or member of the board of directors. So I’m very sure the club will talk to us and the players.

“I’m not too worried because I still feel privileged and in a good place. And I still hope and believe for the best. I’m not one to worry about things I can’t influence.

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

Abramovich confirmed his intention to sell Chelsea in a lengthy statement released on Wednesday night.

He said: “As I have said before, I always make decisions in the best interest of the club.

“In the current situation, I have decided to sell the club because I believe it is in the best interest of the club, its fans, staff as well as its sponsors and partners. set.

“Please know that this has been an extremely difficult decision to make, and it is with great pain that I have to leave the club in this way. However, I 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.

“It has been a privilege in a lifetime to be a 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. ”

86-year-old Swiss businessman Wyss has revealed his intention to bid for Chelsea, in a move seemingly designed to fast-track the sale and potentially lower the final price.

American Boehly has been revealed as the first of several possible partners, as Wyss tries to forge a deal.

Abramovich has stated he is in no rush to sell a club he has led to two Champions League titles, as well as the Club World Cup title earlier this year.

Abramovich pledged to write off his £1.5 billion loan as well as transfer the proceeds to support those suffering the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The sale of the club will not be expedited but will be due to due process,” Abramovich’s statement continued.

“I will not ask to repay any loans. This has never been about business or money for me, but about pure passion for the game and the club.

“Furthermore, I instructed my team to set up a charity fund where all proceeds from the sale would be donated.

“The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds for the immediate and urgent needs of victims, as well as supporting long-term recovery work. ” ‘It’s not over yet’ – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts as Roman Abramovich agrees to sell club

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