Frank Lampard has been tight-lipped about his connection with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Following his country’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian billionaire oligarch was hit with harsh financial sanctions, which means the club is unable to sell tickets to home or away fans, agree new transfers or contracts, sell merchandise, spend more than £20,000 on away travel, or carry out any construction work at Stamford Bridge.
The UK government is targeting Abramovich because of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to increase pressure on Russia.
After almost 19 years in charge, he was forced to sell the club after it became clear that he would be targeted out by the UK as the country’s economic sanctions on Russia continued.
However, those talks have been put on hold, raising doubts about a deal with billionaire Nick Candy, and Chelsea now find themselves in a precarious position.
The Blues might go bankrupt in weeks, according to Sportsmail, after jersey sponsor Three requested a temporary suspension of their contract with the club – and manufacturers Nike could be next to depart.
With Abramovich under fire for his tight ties with Putin as his tenure as Chelsea manager comes to an end on a bad note, Lampard, now the manager of Everton, was asked for his thoughts on the Russian, but chose to keep his response brief.
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The 43-year-old made 648 appearances for Chelsea and was a key figure when Russian businessman Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, contributing significantly to the team’s success.
Frank Lampard, who was fired by Abramovich as Blues manager in January 2021, talked glowingly of his stint at the club.
‘I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen him in the previous several years,’ he said.
‘I spent 13 years working for Chelsea, which was an amazing delight. And that’s where I’d like to leave it.’
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