Former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates once claimed that Roman Abramovich had looked to buy Manchester United – but he didn’t like the atmosphere.
Abramovich’s reign at Chelsea is coming to an end as the Russian has put the Blues up for sale. The Russian oligarch was added to the UK Government’s sanctions list last week following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
However, Chelsea’s current situation could have been drastically different if Abramovich had set his eyes on the Red Devils instead of the Blues. Bates claimed that he settled on Chelsea after not being impressed with the atmosphere at Old Trafford.
Bates told BBC Radio Five Live: “He went to Old Trafford, liked the game but did not like the atmosphere. He did a survey of all 20 Premiership clubs and settled on a London club.
“We didn’t have any ground problems, and we finished fourth last season so we had a good platform from which to improve.”
He added: “You’ve got a man who’s in his 30s, he’s immensely wealthy, so if he wants to indulge himself in sport, he can do.”
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Abramovich took over Chelsea, and a first Premier League title soon arrived.
Bates also remained in football when he purchased Leeds United and quickly put them into administration as they fell as far down the pyramid as League One.
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