Buck: Abramovich will never get tired of Chelsea

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says there's no chance of Roman Abramovich getting bored with the club.
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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says there's no chance of Roman Abramovich getting bored with the club.

Ten years ago today, Abramovich bought Chelsea from Ken Bates and transformed football across Europe.

"What came through to me loud and clear in those early days was the new owner's passion for the game and the potential he saw for what Chelsea FC could achieve, both on and off the pitch," Buck wrote in The Times.

"But few people could have comprehended 10 years ago how Roman Abramovich's ownership would quickly transform Chelsea, taking them from a club facing mid-table mediocrity and near bankruptcy to become one of the most formidable football teams in the world.

"Yes, there is no denying that there have been almost the same number of managers as there have been trophies (11, if the recently returned Jose Mourinho's two spells are counted separately). But the proof is in the pudding.

"Now of course, Chelsea fans, the fans of other clubs, journalists and observers of the world of football look forward. Will Roman Abramovich become bored, having won all the major trophies? My answer is no. Can Jose Mourinho bring more success to the club? My answer is yes."

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