Russian businessman Roman Abramovich has decided to sell the English “Chelsea”, according to his statement published on the website of the football club.

On Saturday, Abramovich announced that he had handed over the management of Chelsea to the trustees of the London team’s charitable foundation.

“As I have already said, I have always made decisions based on the interests of the club, so in the current situation I decided to sell it, as I believe it is in the interests of the club, fans, employees, as well as sponsors and partners of the club,” Abramovich said.

It is noted that the sale will not be accelerated, but will take place according to the proper procedure. Abramovich also instructed his team to create a charitable foundation that will work for the benefit of all victims of the military operation in Ukraine, where all net proceeds from the sale will be directed.

Abramovich became the owner of Chelsea in 2003. In 2012, the London club won the Champions League for the first time in its history. In 2021, Chelsea was able to repeat the success and again became the best club in Europe.