Chelsea players ‘in the dark’ over Abramovich takeover saga as Mason Mount speaks out | Soccer | sport
Chelsea star Mason Mount claims he and his team-mates are kept in the dark surrounding the Blues’ ownership situation. A change of hands is expected in the coming days as the transition process continues, with Roman Abramovich effectively forced out after being slapped by UK government sanctions which saw his assets frozen earlier this month.
Abramovich announced his intention to sell Chelsea just a week before they were targeted by the British government due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The action effectively cut the west London club out of its owner’s money, while preventing it from selling tickets or offering new player contracts.
A special license was granted which would allow them to fill matches and pay staff, at which time manager Thomas Tuchel claimed he would drive the team to matches if necessary. Licensing changes have recently been put in place to allow Chelsea fans to attend some of their upcoming matches.
Amid the chaos, a six-game winning streak shows Tuchel has done well to keep his players’ minds focused. The Independent says four parties still have a chance to succeed Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003, but Mount says the players know nothing.
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With a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid and an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace on the horizon, Chelsea will no doubt be hoping their behind-the-scenes issue can be resolved quickly.
Raine Group, which is handling the sale, reportedly narrowed down candidates after the final offers were submitted. The Boehly Consortium, the Broughton Consortium, the Ricketts family and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca are believed to be the quartet still in contention as fans wait to find out who may or may not be able to take their club forward.