Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly turned down an offer from a mega-rich Middle East consortium to buy the Premier League club.

Abramovich, 52, did not attend any matches at Stamford Bridge during the 2018/19 campaign and has yet to be seen so far this season, due to the denial of a visa extension by the UK government, following increasing tensions with his native Russia.

Abramovich did not attend any Chelsea matches last season

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Abramovich did not attend any Chelsea matches last season

However Abramovich, who took control of the Blues in 2003, was in Azerbaijan to witness his club beat Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League in May.

According to The Telegraph, the billionaire has shrugged off a deal from would-be buyers with the Middle East consortium’s bid rejected towards the end of last season.

He is also said to have turned down Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £2billion offer for the club last summer, amid speculation the Russian was ready to sell to Britain’s richest man.

Last week, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson spoke about the role he played in helping Abramovich choose Chelsea.

He said: “He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days, Pini [Zahavi], him and me. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.

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“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman had changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London. Tottenham or Chelsea?

“I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win. I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. There you have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.’”

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