Chelsea season ticket holder offers £2billion to Roman Abramovich for the club

Chelsea owner Abramovich snubs offer to sell club to British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has no interest in selling the club, Sky Sports News understands.

Ratcliffe, the founder, chairman and majority owner of chemicals firm Ineos, had offered £2billion to buy the west London club, reports the Daily Mail.

In recent weeks, Abramovich has experienced problems with gaining a working visa for the United Kingdom and has also made a decision to postpone plans to build a new stadium.

The report claims Ratcliffe's offer was just one of a number of approaches which have been rejected, including from China, as reports suggest a fee in excess of £1bn would be required to cause Abramovich to consider ending his 15-year spell at the club.

According to the newspaper, Ratcliffe, who was named the richest person in the United Kingdom earlier this year, made his offer after Abramovich encountered difficulties while trying to renew his British visa.

Ratcliffe, who was awarded a knighthood on Saturday evening for his services to business and investment, owns a Swiss football club already and has more than twice the amount of money that Abramovich has - £21.05 billion.

Mr Ratcliffe topped this year's Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated wealth of £21bn.

A close ally of President Putin, Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 in a deal worth £140million.

The British government has made it clear that he cannot work in Britain on his Israeli passport, although he can visit for up to six months at a time.

A spokesman for Ineos said they did not respond to market rumour or speculation and Chelsea, who refused to comment publicly on the story to the Mail, did not respond to phone calls from Reuters.

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