Roman Abramovich back in London but won’t see Chelsea game or meet Thomas Tuchel

Roman Abramovich will not attend Chelsea's Champions League clash with Juventus or meet head coach Thomas Tuchel, despite travelling to London and making a rare visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Abramovich, whose personal net worth tops £10billion, has not been seen at a Blues home game in over three years.

He did however visit the club's home last week for a meeting with Israel's president Isaac Herzog.

It was the first time the Russian has been to the ground since a delay over his request for a new visa led to him withdrawing it in 2018.

The 55-year-old travelled to London as an Israeli citizen and hosted the Herzog in conjunction with Chelsea’s ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ initiative.

However, Abramovich has not taken the opportunity of a rare visit to the capital to watch the Blues.

A spokesperson for him told The Guardian: "He has a previous commitment elsewhere to a charity which he supports."

Despite the billionaire businessman's absence at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Chelsea manager Tuchel made it clear that he and his players feel the support of their benefactor ahead of the clash with Juventus.

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"First of all I don’t know if he is in London and will be tomorrow [Tuesday]. That maybe answers the question as to whether I met him. No," said Tuchel.

"I think firstly and most importantly, he is a football fan. A huge football fan. He’s in love with the game and in love with the details. He wants to know everything about it, about what is going on here in Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground].

"We keep him posted because he has this genuine interest and genuine love for the game. This is the most important thing and makes things very special.

"I have the feeling it’s about this. He wants to be entertained. He wants to be competitive. He wants to have the right attitude on the pitch. This is what he created here and it is amazing.

"We are blessed to enjoy our time here at this club. To keep progressing, this is what we continue to do."

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