Chelsea season ticket holder and Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe refuses to rule out buying Blues

Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has refused to rule out buying Chelsea, and said he feels as though Roman Abramovich is “on his way out” of the club.

Ratcliffe, the founder of chemicals firm Ineos, was linked with a £2billion takeover of the Blues in June as rumours surfaced that Abramovich – who has had visa issues since the summer – was ready to walk away from Stamford Bridge after 15 years at the club.

The 65-year-old Ratcliffe grew up as a Manchester United fan, but has a season ticket at Chelsea as they are his local club in west London.

He became the owner of Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport last year, and hasn’t ruled out adding to his football portfolio.

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“There are always things going on at Ineos but I can’t really comment,” he told the Daily Telegraph when asked about the Chelsea rumours, adding that football was a “lifelong passion”.

“That (FC Lausanne-Sport) was a sort of learning curve for us,” he added. “A dipping-your-toes-in-the-water sort of thing.”

Chelsea last week reacted to takeover rumours from a Sunday newspaper by flatly denying that they were for sale to Mirror Sport.

Ratcliffe went on to discuss his support of United, and criticised manager Jose Mourinho.

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“I am a season ticket holder at Chelsea,” he said. “Have been for years, although I’m a Manchester United fan really. Or was…. It’s not getting any better [at United]. It’s gone from bad to catastrophic. Talk about a glass-half-empty.

“If you’ve got the six teams competing at the top of the table this is last season anyway you’ve got three who are managed by glass-half-full guys, [Jurgen] Klopp, [Pep] Guardiola and [Mauricio] Pochettino. They get their teams up and energised.

“And then you look at Mourinho. He’s so down. He destroyed Luke Shaw last season. And then you’ve got [Arsene] Wenger who [was] miserable and [Antonio] Conte who was down.”

“The guy I like is [Diego] Simeone,” he added. “I love him.”


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