“Our first focus and goal is to make strategic investments to continue competing for championships and trophies. We will support our players and managers to make sure that Chelsea are habitual winners and title contenders, whether in the Premier League, Champions League or the Women’s Super League [the only Super League we intend competing in, for the record]. In addition, we will continue to invest in the youth academy to develop the stars of the future and we would not be in this process if we did not have an exciting and inclusive vision for Chelsea.
“Our second focus will be to continue to cherish and preserve the legacy and traditions of the club. In over 20 years of ownership of the Boston Celtics, we have not once considered changing the name, colors, or logo of the club. This is our guarantee to Chelsea fans.
“Not only are we committed to remaining at the home of Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, but we are inspired to renovate or redevelop the stadium. Chelsea is a world-class team, in a world-class city, with world-class fans: it deserves a world-class stadium.
“Our third focus will be having a significant positive impact in the community. We believe passionately that clubs have a social responsibility, and we will continue to support The Chelsea Foundation and its impressive work in education, health and wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion both locally and globally. Chelsea should be the Pride of London for its on and off-field accomplishments. It has fans all over the world and we will not tolerate bullying, anti-semitism, racism, or any other form of hateful speech – and neither should our fans.”metasports
The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert Group have also added Chelsea fan and Cobra beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria to their bid. Lord Bilimoria will join Chelsea’s board if the bid is successful and act as an ambassador and support the club’s philanthropic programmes.
The four remaining bidders visited London last week to meet Chelsea board members, executives and Raine as they vie to end Mr Abramovich’s 19-year tenure.
They have all been told they must provide legal undertakings that they will guarantee at least £1 billion of investment in the club’s infrastructure, its academy and women’s team if they acquire it in the coming weeks.
The sale process has been complicated by the sanctions against Mr Abramovich and the frenzy of interest in buying last season’s Champions League winners.
Between them, the final bidders either control or own stakes in a legion of North American teams spanning baseball, basketball and ice hockey.