Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel asserted he is not concerned by the sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich that plummeted the European champions into trouble on Thursday.
Abramovich was one of seven oligarchs aimed by the British government after Russia’s seizure of Ukraine.
Abramovich’s UK assets have been sealed, with strict regulations placed on Chelsea, who are currently not permitted to sign new players, renew agreements or trade match tickets.
“Actually, I’m not sure I am concerned but I am aware of it. It changes almost every day,” Tuchel stated ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League match at Norwich.
“It is a big change from yesterday to today. At the moment it seems on the football side it is almost protected.”
“I know there is a lot of noise around. I don’t have another answer for you.”
Chelsea’s main jersey sponsor, mobile phone Company Three, reacted to the sanctions by voicing they were suspending their deal for the time being and asked for their logo be eradicated from team shirts.
Abramovich had already declared he was prepared to sell Chelsea, with a host of probable buyers revealing their interest in a club which has triumphed 19 major trophies since the Russian acquired them in 2003.
However there has been hypothesizing that Tuchel might leave the club given their suddenly troublesome situation.
Tuchel, who was recruited by Abramovich in 2021, insists he remains jolly at the west London club.
“I am still happy to be here and still happy to be manager of a strong team,” he stated.
“I feel privileged to have the chance to be involved in games, coaching and football that I love.”
Chelsea FC are currently third in the Premier League and are still in dispute in the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup quarter-finals.