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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Abramovich Rejects Offer To Sell Chelsea

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has reportedly turned down an offer from an unnamed mega-rich Middle East consortium to buy the Premier League club.

Abramovich did not attended any match at Stamford Bridge during the 2018/19 campaign, and has not been seen so far this season, due to the denial of a visa extension by the United Kingdom government, following increasing tensions with his home country, Russia.

However, the 52-year-old, who bought the London club in 2003, was in Azerbaijan to witness his club beat Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League in May.

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According to The Telegraph, the billionaire has turned down a deal to sell the Europa League winners.

He is also said to have turned down Sir Jim Radcliffe’s £2 billion for the club last season, amid speculation that he was ready to sell to Britain’s richest man.

Sven-Goran Erksson, former England manager, last week, spoke about the role he played in helping Abramovich choose Chelsea when he wanted to buy a club.

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He said: “He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days, Pini [Zahavi], him and me. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.

“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman had changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London. Tottenham or Chelsea?

“I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win. I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. There you have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.”

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