The Chelsea trio fear for the future as the sale of Roman Abramovich lets them down

As Roman Abramovich prepares to sell Chelsea, the future of the unsigned players at Stamford Bridge remains at stake as the club’s future remains uncertain

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Abramovich makes an ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to sell Chelsea

Chelsea trio Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta face an uncertain future in west London as Roman Abramovich’s sale of the club raises questions about potential new deals.

Abramovich has announced that it will sell the club after almost 20 years as owner, although an opening bid with the Russian’s agent was reportedly rejected suggesting that there is no “rush” to sell.

There has also been Uncertainty about the future of Marina Granovskaiathe director who has been instrumental in influencing much of Chelsea’s transfer and contract business over the past decade.

Ruediger, Christensen and Azpilicueta are all out of contract at the end of next season, with negotiations taking place over the last few months, albeit without new agreements.

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Rüdiger and Christensen are without a contract in the summer


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Accordingly The Telegraphthe trio “fear of being left in limbo” as Abramovich listens to offers for the club.

All three are allowed to speak to foreign clubs about possible pre-contract deals that would allow each of them to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Azpilicueta and Christensen have both been linked Barcelonawhile reports earlier this month suggested Chelsea would be willing to meet Ruediger’s contract demands to keep in West London.

“We can’t help it. It is what it is. But maybe it will have a positive effect on the negotiations or maybe it will have a negative effect. We can’t predict it,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told the media ahead of the Premier League game Burnley.

“Nevertheless, I think Chelsea are a strong club and will remain a strong club. Our owner has made the decision to sell the club, but he is selling a strong and organized club at the highest level.”

While talks of a sale continue, with reports pointing to an agreement with a Swiss-American consortium be available as early as Mondayearlier, former Chelsea Reportedly, defender Paulo Ferreira has left his position at the club.

The Portugal international who was part of the Blues in 2012 Champions League Winning side, said to have left for personal reasons and not in response to the potential sale.

Ferreira had worked for the Blues as a technical coach reports that he returned to Portugal to be closer to his family.

Abramovich has been Chelsea’s owner since 2003


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First League Managing Director Richard Masters has welcomed the possible sale of the clubwho told the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit: “I think the situation has escalated incredibly quickly in the last seven days and he’s come to the right conclusion.”

“It’s unsustainable in the current environment. It’s a welcome decision and of course for the good of everyone, including the fans, once the sales process is complete everyone has peace of mind,” added Masters.

The consortium, which is reportedly laying the groundwork for a takeover, is led by Hansjorg Wyss and Todd Boehly, and Masters has spoken about the possibility of a quick resolution to the situation.

“I think the fastest sale we’ve ever made was 10 days, that doesn’t mean that this record can’t be beaten, but it usually takes several weeks,” he said.

“It all depends on the complexity of the deal and the number of potential owners. Provided the information is easy to digest, easy to understand and gives us all the right answers, this can be done relatively quickly.”

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