Reports that Roman Abramovich has rejected an approach from Britain’s richest person to buy Chelsea has garnered a strong response on social media.
According to the Daily Mail, Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire boss of multinational petrochemicals giant Ineos and a season-ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, expressed an interest in purchasing the club amid strong speculation the Russian billionaire could be prepared to sell.
However, the report states that Ratcliffe’s advances were swiftly rejected as it is understood that Abramovich has made it clear he has no intention of cutting ties with the west London outfit despite his recent decision to shelve plans for a new stadium in response to visa problems with the Home Office.
It was confirmed late last month that had been a massive blow regarding Chelsea plans to build a brand new stadium.
A statement via the club’s official website on May 31 read: ‘Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur.
‘The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate.’
Whether Abramovich has a change of heart in the future remains to be seen but it seems Ratcliffe – or other reported prospective buyers from China – will be getting their hands on the club any time soon.
In regards to Ratcliffe, the 65-year-old is a Manchester United fan but watches football at Stamford Bridge because it is close to his Chelsea home and last season he was also a guest at the club’s Cobham training ground.
Despite those ties, a number of Blues fans are against the idea of him becoming the club’s new owner, while others have urged Abramovich to sell up.
Manchester United fan?! If it's true, then thank god roman rejected it.
— VII (@BlueAngle_) June 8, 2018
It shows he still care about Chelsea.. Good news
— Xtensen📰🔗 (@olufemib_cfc) June 9, 2018
Man utd fan no thanks
— nazhan (@nazhanCfc) June 9, 2018
Nay. Sent by man United to destroy Chelsea. Not wanted
— Lucky Hazard (@luckyhazard250) June 9, 2018
Hope roman doesn’t sell but this is the summer to show he’s still committed not bn a great start to the summer but still time to turn things around
— Mat (@mat_ellis) June 8, 2018
Good! Best owner in world football, done so much for this club.
— Hampus (@datguymoratz) June 9, 2018
Rivals fuming 😂😂
— SZ (@RubenLoftuss) June 9, 2018
Join forces, rule forever #lovechelsea
— beefy (@Colin39429524) June 9, 2018
— KwAbEnA 👌🏾 (@Kay_Oteng) June 9, 2018
As much as Roman has done for Chelsea, this would be a great move for the club. Roman is the reason the club is at we're it is today. But I feel in the hands of a wealthier, British owner, the club would be in safer hands.
— Up The Chels (@chelsea_care3) June 8, 2018