Chelsea have been described as the ‘best house in the road’ after Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale.
The Blues owner has confirmed his ‘difficult’ decision to sell the club to protect it from fallout to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, signalling the end of a glittering era at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich released a statement on Wednesday confirming the newsGetty
Abramovich, who bought Chelsea in 2003 and delivered 21 trophies over 19 years, revealed all net proceeds of any sale will go to victims of the war in Ukraine, while also writing off £1.5bn of debt owed to him by the club.
Questions have been asked about the Russian-Israeli billionaire in parliament as the UK government continues to target Russian money with sanctions, although Abramovich denies links to Vladimir Putin and is yet to face punishment.
The 55-year-old, who is thought to be trying to broker peace between Ukraine and Russia, still faces an uncertain future, as do Chelsea.
With the club understood to be on the market for £3billion, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American investor Todd Boehly are two of the names mentioned in a possible consortium preparing to buy the Blues.
And ex-Chelsea player Jason Cundy insists the club are in a fantastic position for any potential investor as a result of Abramovich’s tenure.
He told talkSPORT: “Here’s a question: how often do the Champions of Europe come up for sale?
Wyss [left] is one of the people linked with a deal to buy ChelseaGetty Boehly is also thought to be interested in the dealGetty
“This is like the best house on the road, the best house in the village, the best house in the area, coming up for sale. That just doesn’t happen.
“The others aren’t kings of Europe. What did Liverpool win last year?
“He didn’t want anything from this club. He bought Chelsea for success.
“Over that period, he has delivered every trophy that is possible to win.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. If the Glazers sold Man United and bought Chelsea, I’d be gutted.
“If Spurs’ owners sold Spurs and bought Chelsea, I’d be gutted. Arsenal’s owners, I’d be gutted.
Chelsea became one of the most successful clubs of the modern era under AbramovichGetty
“There aren’t many owners who would be better than what Chelsea have had.”
Chelsea overcame a scare at Luton to seal a 3-2 win in the FA Cup on the night of the announcement, with Abramovich’s most expensive signing Romelu Lukaku sealing the victory.
Fans chanted their owner’s name throughout the clash, which was met with boos from the Kenilworth Road faithful, as Cundy admits the news of Abramovich’s imminent departure saddened him.
He added: “It felt inevitable. But at the same time, when I read the statement, it was incredibly hard to read.
“It’s a tough read. He’s been a brilliant owner. The best owner in the world.
“He’s given every Chelsea fan… I never thought I’d see us win the Champions League. Never thought I’d see us win the Premier League.
“The trophies we’ve won over the last 20 years is phenomenal.”