Chelsea Legend John Terry paid tribute to Roman Abramovich after the Russian billionaire confirmed that he had put the club up for sale.
Abramovich has been in the spotlight for the past week since his country’s invasion Ukraine.
The Russian billionaire for the first time tried to distance himself from the club, announcing it on Saturday handed over the “leadership” to the club trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation.
Abramovich then confirmed this position on Wednesday night in Fr. statement on the Chelsea websitewith reports that he wants more than £ 3 billion for the club he bought in 2003.
Under Abramovich, Chelsea have won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, twice the Champions League and the Europa League.
Terry was one of the main beneficiaries of the Russian’s support, captaining the team in one of the most successful periods, while he still participates in Chelsea as an academy consultant.
On Wednesday night, the 41-year-old former defender thanked Abramovich on Instagram.
“Thank you Roman @chelseafc,” Terry wrote. “The best host in the world.”
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In connection with the tightening of control over his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the crisis in Ukraine, Abramovich is seeking a speedy sale of Chelsea and instructed the American bank Raine Group to control this.
Swiss billionaire Hans Vis confirmed on Wednesday he is interested in buying the club, and Todd Bolly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers, would potentially join a consortium based in the United States.
Abramovich said he decided to sell “with the interest of the club” because of the “current situation”.
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“The sale of the club will not be quick, but will take place in accordance with the proper process. I will not ask for any loans, ”he wrote in a statement.
“For me, it was never business or money, but pure passion for the game and the club. Moreover, I instructed my team to create a charity fund to which all net sales proceeds will go.
“The fund will benefit all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds for the immediate and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting long-term recovery work.
“Please know it was an incredibly difficult decision and it hurts me to part with the club this way.”