Roman Abramovich discusses football in society and ambition remaining the same

Mr Abramovich discusses why, despite no wish to have a public profile, he chooses on occasions to put his name to statements or letters on this subject and others, including when Frank Lampard left the club.

‘I think we are pragmatic in our choices,’ he says. ‘And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions. I hope it also says something about the clarity of the long-term ambition of the club. Those who join understand the objectives both on the pitch, as well as the wider positive role the club plays in the community.’

The success of Chelsea FC Women and the Academy sides, as well as the men’s team, are clearly a source of pride for the owner and he states his belief that the women’s game would be on an equal business footing to the men’s if given equal support.

‘The women’s team is a critical part of Chelsea and shapes who we are as a club,’ Mr Abramovich says.

‘I think investment pays off. I think their success demonstrates what can be achieved when you dedicate resources and the right leadership. Emma Hayes has been remarkable in her work with the team.’