Leeds United chairman Ken Bates will welcome Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich into the Elland Road boardroom tonight.

His relationship with Abramovich, chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum soured towards the end and Bates eventually left Chelsea in March 2004.

But he will welcome them into the Elland Road boardroom on Wednesday, should they choose to attend.

"In the boardroom we invite six guests and I don't care who comes along from Chelsea as long as they wear a jacket and tie," he told the Daily Mail.