Why Roman Abramovich doesn’t conduct interviews about Chelsea – even after 18 years

A football agent has revealed why elusive Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refuses to do interviews, even after nearly two decades at the London club.

The Russian billionaire bought the Blues in 2003 and has had a transformative effect on the club, ushering an era of previously unseen success at Stafford Bridge.

Under Abramovich Chelsea have won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Europa Leagues and of course, the Champions League.

The club are rarely far from the headlines when it comes to spending with the oligarch bankrolling a number of big-money transfers, as well as a remarkable turnover of managers across his 18 years.

Despite his profile, Abramovich isn’t particularly media friendly, opting to shy away from conducting interviews or speaking with the press.

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich refuses to conduct interviews. (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

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In his book, ‘The Deal’, super agent Jon Smith explained why the Russian refuses to speak with the media, suggesting a concern about how he would be perceived back in his homeland.

“It is perhaps a shame he is not more visible to the public but conducting interviews wouldn’t be in Roman’s interests,” Smith writes.

“His responsibilities include investing and allocating money in Russia so how would it look if he talked about the merits of spending £30 million on Cesc Fabregas, Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres while people in his homeland struggle to make ends meet?”

With an estimated net worth of around $14bn according to Forbes, Abramovich remains one of football’s wealthiest owners.

Abramovich lifts the Champions League trophy in 2012. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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