Chelsea defender David Luiz insists Roman Abramovich is still committed to the club and wants to be as involved as possible
Abramovich, 52, did not attend any matches at Stamford Bridge during the 2018/19 campaign due to the denial of a visa extension by the UK government, following increasing tensions with Russia.
Abramovich reportedly turned down a £2billion offer from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe for the club last summer.
Luiz has signed a new two-year deal with Chelsea, who he rejoined in 2016 after two seasons on Paris Saint-Germain’s books.
The Brazilian, 32, was out of contract at the end of the season, so speculation surrounding his future increased as the campaign went on and after putting pen-to-paper, revealed Abramovich, who purchased the Blues in 2003, still has the same hunger to succeed.
“I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future,” Luiz said.
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“He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.
“It’s difficult for him, he has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day.
“He’s still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.
“He’s the one who built Chelsea – everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years.”
Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and face Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
Before that showdown, they take on New England Revolution in a game billed as ‘The Final Whistle on Hate’ at the Gillette Stadium, the home of Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, in the early hours of Thursday morning.