Roman Abramovich has 'started a new life' somewhere completely different
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Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has 'started a new life' after he sold the club last year, it has been reported.
The Russian billionaire completed his takeover of the Blues in 2003, and brought in sweeping changes that transformed English football.
After one season at the helm, Abramovich appointed Jose Mourinho as manager, which heralded in one of the most successful periods in the club's history.
Four years, Abramovich finally got his hands on the Champions League title in unexpected circumstances. After deciding to sack Andre Villas-Boas partway through the season, the Russian decided to replace him with first team coach Roberto Di Matteo.
And Di Matteo guided Chelsea to the crown in surprise fashion, beating Bayern Munich in the final.
In March 2022, the Russian was sanctioned by the UK government following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The UK Prime Minister at the time, Boris Johnson, said (as per The Guardian) that the government had obtained 'clear evidence' that Abramovich was 'connected to the Putin regime'.
Last May, Chelsea was sold to a consortium co-led by Todd Boehly for £4.25 billion - a world-record fee at the time for a sports club. A spokesperson for Abramovich said (via The Athletic) that the funds from the sale would be 'earmarked for [a charitable] Foundation'.
Since then, the Russian has reportedly been living a different life to before.
According to a June 2023 report from the Daily Mirror, Abramovich acquired a property in a neighbourhood of the Turkish city of Istanbul - the city that hosted last season's Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan.
His Eclipse superyacht, meanwhile, was pictured in the country last year.
It is added, however, that residents have not responded to questions about the former Chelsea owner when asked.
There were reports that Abramovich was looking to acquire a football club in the city - but these were branded as 'entirely false' by a spokesperson.
The Athletic, meanwhile, reported that it is unclear when the Russian last visited England - the home country of a club which saw so much success over his 19-year reign.
They also report that his life has been spent between Sochi, Istanbul and Tel Aviv, while he was also spotted in Dubai. They claim he 'rarely keeps up with football' following his sale of Chelsea.
Meanwhile, according to The Times, the Premier League are investigating alleged financial transactions around Chelsea's signings of Willian and Samuel Eto'o, who both arrived at Stamford Bridge during Abramovich's ownership.
It is claimed that the transfers are being investigated after being flagged by Chelsea's current ownership as part of their due diligence process ahead of taking over the club.
In a statement to The Times on Monday, Chelsea said: "These allegations pre-date the club's current ownership. They concern entities that were allegedly controlled by the club's former owner and do not relate to any individual who is presently at the club.
"Chelsea FC's ownership group completed its purchase of the club on May 30, 2022. During a thorough due diligence process prior to completion of the purchase, the ownership group became aware of potentially incomplete financial reporting concerning historical transactions during the club's previous ownership.
"Immediately following the completion of the purchase, the club proactively self-reported these matters to all applicable football regulators.
"In accordance with the club's ownership group's core principles of full compliance and transparency, the club has proactively assisted the applicable regulators with their investigations and will continue to do so."