Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has returned to London for the first time since 2018.
A long irritation from the UK government against powerful Russian people in England’s society has been ongoing since the Sailsbury poisoning incident in 2018 and as a result, it has become harder for citizens from that side of the world to obtain visa’s.
Inadvertently, this has affected Abramovich’s status in this country as he has had to gain an Israeli passport in order to come to England again to get on with his life inside and outside of football.
Back when the news broke of his struggles, sources close to the Russian believed that his visa application would eventually be granted and that’s been the case with the latest news.
Up till now, Abramovich has only been able to keep his attachment to Chelsea by attending occasional big games for the club abroad.
And it is understood that he attended the Europa League final win under Maurizio Sarri in the 2018/19 campaign and the more recent Champions League success under Thomas Tuchel last term.
He was even pictured having a conversation with the German after the final whistle went in Porto.
Now that the situation has cleared up, here is more on his visit and the purpose of it.
Why is he currently here in England?
According to the reliable Nick Purewal of the Independent and PA, the owner that has done so much for the club in SW6 since he took over in 2003 from Ken Bates, is in the capital to visit family.
Abramovich’s spokesperson confirmed the Stamford Bridge club chief has travelled to the United Kingdom to see relatives.
It is understood the Russian-Israeli businessman could visit Chelsea when in London.
What could he be doing at Chelsea during his short stay?
As football.london has already wrote about, a meeting with his right-hand woman Marina Granovskaia could be on the cards to catch up on events in west London and plan for future endeavours and activities.
Also Russian, Granovskaia served as Abramovich’s assistant for 10 years before moving into her current role.
She is known as one of the best club directors in the game and was a key figure in brokering a £60million deal with Nike, as well as a host of big-name signings.
So what could be on the agenda if the pair were to meet during Abramovich’s latest visit?
The topics of Antonio Rudiger,Matthijs De Ligt and Stamford Bridge could come up during his meeting with the Chelsea director.
How long is he here for?
There is no date set for the Chelsea owner to leave the country as of yet, but all indications are that it will be a short stay in the capital for the Russian.
No one has reported when he has to leave, so it’s all speculative at the moment in the media regarding his return to Russia or Israel.
If he is to remain in London past October 16, it will be interesting to see if he attends Chelsea’s next Premier League game after the international break away to Brentford.
Why has it taken him so long to return?
Simply, it has all been down to visa issues but that has now been sorted as already mentioned.
His ability to gain an Israeli passport has been the key for him to end this long-awaited return to a place he truly loves.
Source by Football London