The Russian earlier was planning to have this North London club.
Chelsea and Tottenham over the past few seasons have some intense rivalry going on. It all started with Eden Hazard saying the Blues would prefer Leicester winning the title rather than Tottenham in 2016. Indeed Hazard and Chelsea stopped Tottenham from winning the title and drew with them. Tottenham had their revenge by defeating the Blues in the semi-final of F.A Cup last season. It seems Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has something to say that will trigger Tottenham fans.
Roman Abramovich was once interested in buying Tottenham – but quickly changed his mind after a trip to north London. Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. The club haven’t looked back since then. Chelsea won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. But the London football scene could have been vastly different if Abramovich had put his money elsewhere. The Russian billionaire was keen to buy a team in the capital. And hired Swiss bankers UBS to work out which would be the best to invest in.
He ended up with Chelsea but was off to have a closer look at Spurs. However, he was left far from impressed by the local area. In ‘The Club’, a new book written by two Wall Street Journal writers, they claimed Abramovich met with the north London club’s chairman. But they added: “While his Mercedes trundled along Tottenham High Road. He looked out and said in Russian, ‘This is worse than Omsk’ — the grim Siberian outpost where he had a refinery.” The comments will infuriate Tottenham fans just days before the two clubs meet in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Another revelation from the book was Abramovich being wrongly advised not to pump money into Arsenal. The Swiss bankers the oil tycoon claimed the club would not be available for sale.
The statement will definitely anger Tottenham fans. Given their tight budget that led to zero signings, the fact that Roman gave up the chance to sign them will definitely make Tottenham fans angry. Maybe Tottenham’s fortune could have altered had the Russian bought the club.