Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given an incredibly rare interview for the first time in 15 years.
He has seldom ever spoken during his spell at Stamford Bridge, but makes a few exceptions from time to time and now has spoken to the media at length on subjects close to his heart.
Abramovich previously made public statements in 2018 and 2019, relating mainly to the Holocaust and Chelsea’s ‘Say No to Antisemitism’ campaign.
He also gave a comment about Frank Lampard’s sacking in January – the first time he’d done so when firing a manager.
Now, Abramovich has spoken to Forbes and given his first media interview since 2006.
Discussing his current status at Chelsea, he explained: “The ambitions are as true now as they were when I first became owner and I hope that can be seen through the work we have been doing on and off the pitch over the last 17 years.
“I think the trophies speak for themselves and show what we as a club have been able to achieve over these years
“And it’s my goal for us to keep winning trophies going forward and build for the future.
“Chelsea has a very rich history, and I feel extremely fortunate to a play a part in that.
“The club was here before me, and will be here after me, but my job is to ensure we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future.
“That’s why the success of our academy at Cobham is so important to me.”
Due to his massive investment which has brought about so much success at the club, Abramovich is widely adored by the Chelsea supporters.
However, his decision to sack club legend Lampard this season raised angry voices in the fanbase.
Likewise, when he gave the boot to double-winner Carlo Ancelotti, Champions League hero Roberto Di Matteo and the club’s most successful ever manager Jose Mourinho, twice, he was called into question.
These are probably the only few occasions on which the Blues faithful have ever doubted him.
Each time though, success has followed sackings and Chelsea’s ruthless revolving door policy has helped them retain their position as a powerhouse in world football… and the early signs under new boss Thomas Tuchel are very promising.
“I think we are pragmatic in our choices,” Abramovich explained.
“And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions.
“I hope it also says something about the clarity of the long-term ambition of the club.
“Those who join understand the objectives both on the pitch, as well as the wider positive role the club plays in the community.”