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Chelsea players relieved as Abramovich drove withdrawal call

Chelsea players are happy the club has withdrawn from the Super League project.

Senior Chelsea players are understood to be relieved by the club's decision to withdraw their commitment, says PA Sport.

Top players at Chelsea are pleased with owner Roman Abramovich and the board's quick move to cut ties with the short-lived breakaway project, the PA news agency understands.

Chelsea's players and coaches will now hope to focus fully on what should prove a dramatic end to their season, starting with Saturday's pivotal Premier League trip to West Ham.

Chelsea owner Abramovich led the Blues' withdrawal from the Super League on Tuesday night, having listened to the depth of feeling from club supporters in opposing the radical plans.

Abramovich has always insisted his ownership of Chelsea was never about profit or simply money, instead the Russian billionaire has been determined to strengthen the club's long-term future in west London.

Chelsea are understood to have been among the last clubs to get on board with the Super League plans in the first place.

Blues bosses felt little option but to sign up, as much in order not to be left behind as to gain full understanding of the plans being progressed across the continent.

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