Conflict between Russia Ukraine affects the European champion: Chelsea owner puts the team up for sale

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, confirmed on Wednesday that the english club is for sale and that he will not ask for any of the loans he has made to the team in recent years to be paid, this decision comes a few days after the outbreak of the war conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“I would like to respond to the speculation that has been in the media in recent days regarding Chelsea. As I have said on other occasions, I always make decisions in the best interest of the club and, in the current situation, the best decision is to sell the clubAbramovich said in a statement.

Abramovich assured that the sale of the club will not be immediate but will follow a process and that he will not ask that the loans he has made to the team, amounting to more than 2,006 million pounds, be paid back.

“This has never been about business or money, but about love and passion for the sport and for the club. I have asked my team to open a charity and All profits from the sale will go to the victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes both providing urgent funds at this time and those victims who need long-term recovery, “added the Russian tycoon.

It was a very difficult decision to make and it hurts me a lot to have to leave the club. I hope to be able to return to Stamford Bridge one last time so I can say goodbye to all of you. It has been a privilege to be part of Chelsea and I am very proud of everything we have achieved.”

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 for an amount close to 100 million euros (111 million dollars) and since then has made it one of the leading teams in Europe, with 18 titles since then, including two European Cups.

An American consortium, with billionaire Hansjörg Wyss at the helm, has been one of the first to show interest in buying the club, although they have been reluctant about the price Abramovich is asking for.