A football agent has revealed why elusive Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refuses to do interviews, even after nearly two decades at the London club.
The Russian billionaire bought the Blues in 2003 and has had a transformative effect on the club, ushering an era of previously unseen success at Stafford Bridge.
Under Abramovich Chelsea have won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Europa Leagues and of course, the Champions League.
The club are rarely far from the headlines when it comes to spending with the oligarch bankrolling a number of big-money transfers, as well as a remarkable turnover of managers across his 18 years.
Despite his profile, Abramovich isn’t particularly media friendly, opting to shy away from conducting interviews or speaking with the press.
In his book, ‘The Deal’, super agent Jon Smith explained why the Russian refuses to speak with the media, suggesting a concern about how he would be perceived back in his homeland.
“It is perhaps a shame he is not more visible to the public but conducting interviews wouldn’t be in Roman’s interests,” Smith writes.
“His responsibilities include investing and allocating money in Russia so how would it look if he talked about the merits of spending £30 million on Cesc Fabregas, Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres while people in his homeland struggle to make ends meet?”
With an estimated net worth of around $14bn according to Forbes, Abramovich remains one of football's wealthiest owners.
This summer, the Blues shelled out an incredible £220 million to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Edourad Mendy and Ben Chilwell to West London, dwarfing the spend of their Premier League rivals.
His 2003 acquisition of the club shook the very foundations of the English game and propelled an otherwise floundering Chelsea into the footballing elite.
However, the story could have been very different according to Smith.
“I was told Roman’s camp held preliminary talks with Daniel Levy at Tottenham but a formal offer was never tabled.
“They also enquired about Arsenal but were instructed that the Gunners were not for sale. Chelsea were more receptive.
“My understanding is that an offer was made at 40p per share at the first meeting with Trevor Birch, and that evening Roman and Ken Bates met at the Dorchester for the first time and shook on the deal.”
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