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And now, who can help him? Abramovich’s departure splashes Real Madrid for a signing

The owner of Chelsea, the Russian Roman Abramovich, reported last Saturday that he has handed over the administration and care of the club to those in charge of the club’s charitable foundation. In a statement, the tycoon, who took over the Stamford Bridge team in 2003, said the charity is in “the best position” to look after the institution’s interests. Such a measure, the media highlights, was taken in the midst of the UK’s discomfort over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and in some way affects Real Madrid’s interests ahead of the 2022 summer transfer market.

And it is that according to the Spanish press, Madrid had arranged the return of Eden Hazard to Chelsea in the middle of this year. President Florentino Pérez expressed to the Russian tycoon the intention of no longer counting on the Belgian and from the hard core of the current champion of the Champions they welcomed the announcement.

However, Abramovich’s departure from Chelsea management could change everything. At Stamford Bridge they might not accept the return of Eden Hazard even though the Belgium international has been one of the most important players in the London side’s recent history.

At Real Madrid they are desperate to sell or loan Hazard with the aim of reducing the wage bill to start accommodating the possible arrivals of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé. Chelsea seemed to be the right partner, but everything could change for the worse.

Eden Hazard arrived at Real Madrid in June 2019. (Photo: Agencies)

Abramovich’s farewell

“During my almost 20 years as owner of Chelsea FC, I have always seen my role as the custodian of the club, whose job it is to ensure we are as successful as possible, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities”, he pointed to Abramovich’s note.

”I have always made decisions with the best interest of the club in mind. I remain committed to these values. That is why today I am giving the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.” pointed out.

Abramovich, considered very close to the Kremlin, will remain Chelsea owner but will not be involved in any decision-making at the Stamford Bridge club. And that does not suit Real Madrid.

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