Britain’s richest man talks Chelsea takeover from Roman Abramovich

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British business mogul Sir James Ratcliffe has re-affirmed his interest in buying Chelsea after having a £2billion bid rejected last year.

Ratcliffe, 66, who founded petrochemicals giant Ineos is said to amass a reported net worth of £21bn, making him the richest man in the UK.

He recently purchased cycling outfit Team Sky and is exploring his options to take charge at Stamford Bridge where he holds a season ticket.

Although recently Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck claimed in an interview that Roman Abramovich is completely committed to Chelsea, Speculations about a hostile takeover spiked after the UK government denied the 52-year-old an investor’s visa.

‘You’d never say no, but I don’t know where those conversations will finish,’ Ratcliffe was quoted saying by The Times.

‘We have dipped our toe in the water with football, it’s a very different sport, quite a complicated sport.

‘We are learning. We haven’t got to where we are in the chemicals and business world by being impetuous, rash and stupid.’

James Ratcliffe on potential Chelsea takeover
James Ratcliffe on potential Chelsea taakeover

Ratcliffe who bought Swiss side FC Lausanne-Sport two years ago is looking for investment ventures in his native sports industry.

When quizzed regarding the same, he said:

‘I honestly don’t know. I can’t say it’s the end. I like the theatre and I like the opera but I prefer sport.

‘If we’re sat in the pub, we tend to talk about sport. It’s more enjoyable if you’re successful. My football team is not doing very well and people keep taking the p***.’

Would you like to see Ratcliffe at Chelsea’s helm next season?


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