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Chelsea owners blame Roman Abramovich’s ‘old regime’ for £100m mistakes, claims agent | Football

Chelsea ‘made next to no effort’ to hold Antonio Rudiger, defender’s representative claims (Getty)

Chelsea’s new owners believe decisions made by the previous regime under Roman Abramovich cost the club over £100m, according to a leading football mediator.

Saif Rubie, who helped orchestrate Rudiger’s move to Real Madrid on a free transfer earlier in the summer, has also criticized Chelsea’s efforts to keep the Germany international at Stamford Bridge before his contract expired at the end of last season.

Rubie, who spoke to Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham, claims the club made “nearly no effort” to persuade Rudiger to stay.

He also criticized Chelsea’s decision to sell both Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace and Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan last year.

“The new regime had to come and pick up on the decisions that were made by the old regime,” Rubie told talkSPORT.

Saif Rubie speaks with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge

Saif Rubie speaks with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge (AFP via Getty)

‘Leaving things like the boy [Guehi] Go to Crystal Palace, who was also a defender, and dropped another [Tomori] Go to AC Milan for little money.

“When I spoke to the new regime I said the old regime cost you £100million. Do you know what they said to me? ‘More’.

“Let me confirm that, the deal with Real Madrid [for Rudiger] was the smallest offer on offer.

“There was one club in England that almost doubled the volume and one club in Europe that doubled the volume.

“I won’t go into the details. Everyone knows that there were teams interested in this player. He was one of the best in the world.”

When asked about the decision behind Ruediger’s departure, Rubie said: “What if I told you that basically Chelsea and the old regime made pretty much no effort to keep the player?

“At the time he was very happy to stay and potentially captain the club.

“He was offered a contract that was half what Romelu Lukaku was earning.”

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