Abramovich delivers the keys at Chelsea over to American sports club owner Boehly

Abramovich took charge as Chelsea’s owner back in 2003 and led the Blues to 21 trophies in his almost two decades in charge of the club.

Having made the London club one of the Premier League’s biggest sides. The 55-year-old on March 10, was sanctioned by the UK Government, with claims that he’s had a proven link to Vladimir Putin — The Russian oligarch, sanctioned in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The government had to be sure that Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine, did not gain from the required sale of the club.

The former Chelsea FC owner sent a farewell statement to fans Saturday, just hours after the club declared openly that it had reached “a final and conclusive (sale) agreement” with Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly.

My goal has been to ensure that the next owner has a mindset that will enable success for the Men’s and Women’s team, as well as the will and drive to continue developing other key aspects of the Club, such as the Academy and the vital work of Chelsea Foundation…”

Abramovich said that he is delighted that the search for the right owner has come to a successful conclusion and wished the next owner success, both on and off the pitch.

Boehly’s takeover is set to see Chelsea go big in the transfer market this summer, with a £200million boost to their budget

And, in a goodbye message, he told fans:

“As I hand over Chelsea to its new custodians, I would like to wish them the best of success, both on and off the pitch.

“It has been an honour of a lifetime to be a part of this Club – I would like to thank all the Club’s past and current players, staff, and of course fans for these incredible years.

“I am proud that as a result of our joint successes, millions of people will now benefit from the new charitable foundation which is being established.

This is the legacy which we have created together,” the statement further said.

Thank you, Roman. We’ll miss you.

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