Chelsea striker Timo Werner reveals sanctions on Roman Abramovich have forced them into early check-outs for Champions League matches, NINE HOURS before kick-off, and using only one team coach to save cash
- Roman Abramovich was sanctioned in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
- Financial restrictions on Chelsea have forced the club to cut back on spending
- Timo Werner revealed players have endured early check-outs and one team bus
Chelsea star Timo Werner revealed how the Blues have been forced to forgo luxury on their travels following the sanctions placed on former club owner Roman Abramovich.
The Russian oligarch was sanctioned by the UK government due to his ties with president Vladimir Putin, amid the country’s ongoing war with Ukraine.
The Blues stars are used to five-star comforts while travelling for away games or evening matches, including two luxury coaches and late check-outs but the club have had to give up their lifestyle in the wake of Abramovich’s restrictions.
Chelsea star Timo Werner revealed how the players have been forced to forgo luxury
Sanctions placed on owner Roman Abramovich have seen the club financially restricted
Werner revealed that the west London side have had to find ways to save money, including checking out of their hotel rooms sometimes nine hours before kickoff for Champions League fixtures.
The forward told The Mirror: ‘For example, our bags and stuff had to be out of our rooms by 11am when we had a Champions League game where before our bags could stay in the room for as long as we stay in the room. It was little things which were a bit funny. Not things to worry about.
‘We felt we couldn’t come to the game with two buses anymore, we had to be a bit closer together, we had to save money at some points which is different to what we were used to in the hotel and somewhere else.
The forward said the squad have been unable to travel with more than one team bus
Thomas Tuchel’s side have also had early check-outs, sometimes nine hours before kickoff
‘Of course we heard a lot in the press and the media. What’s going on, who is the new owner, what happens if we don’t find a new owner.
‘I think the club did a very good job to keep everything away from us as much as possible.’
The restrictions have also impacted the club’s transfer powers as they have been banned from signing players as part of the special licence which currently grants them permission to play games.
The club were also unable to purchase tickets for their academy players and families for the Blues’ FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday.
However, first team players and coaching staff have paid and organised for the youngsters to attend the game out of their own pocket, according to Goal.
Ahead of the Wembley showdown, manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed the gesture in his pre-match press conference.
The Blues boss confirmed the first team had bought FA Cup final tickets for the youth players
‘That’s what we did,’ he said. ‘It’s a big competition. It is one club. Normally the club would buy these tickets to provide it for the players’ parents of the academy so we stepped in and bought the tickets for them.’
The Government’s move to sanction Abramovich in March forced him to swiftly put the club up for sale.
And Chelsea’s financial woes are set to finally come to an end after the club was sold to American businessman Todd Boehly’s consortium last week.
The Blues have confirmed that terms have been agreed for Boehly to complete his £4.25billion takeover of the club, which includes investment in Stamford Bridge and the club’s academy.
Todd Boehly has become Chelsea’s new owner following completion of £4.25billion takeover
Boehly’s consortium was named as the preferred bidder to take over at Stamford Bridge by the Raine Group, the American bank who are overseeing the sale. He has partnered with fellow Dodgers owner Mark Walter, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss as well as investment firm Clearlake Capital.
Boehly saw off competition from consortiums fronted by Stephen Pagliuca and Sir Martin Broughton and even a late £4.25bn bid from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
The club’s future now seems on a more stable footing with Boehly in place to take over, and Chelsea’s stars can relax knowing they are set to return to their pampered ways.
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