| Abramovich admits he didn’t realise buying Chelsea would draw such attention
London: Chelsea’s Russian oil billionaire owner Roman Abramovich said on Tuesday if his expensively assembled side failed on the pitch he would go out and spend more.
The 36-year-old told the BBC in his first television interview since buying the club for £140million last month that he had also been surprised by the amount of attention he had received since taking over.
“I haven’t thought about how much money I am going to spend,” he said.
“But if I think we need another player because we are not getting the results on the pitch then I will spend the money required.
“I must say I didn’t realise that my buying of Chelsea would receive so much attention, but then football is like a religion in England and I suppose it was merited.”
Abramovich rejected criticism from some Russians that he should have invested the money in a team in his homeland.
“Some people, who call themselves Russian patriots, thought I should have spent the money in Russian sport.
“However it is not a free country like in England and we are not used to people spending money on sports teams.”
Abramovich has lavished £36.9 million since he bought the club on new signings.
Their four new recruits are Southampton’s Wayne Bridge (£7 million), Blackburn Rover’s Irish winger Damien Duff (£17 million), Real Madrid’s Cameroon midfielder Geremi (£6.9 million) and West Ham’s teenage full-back Glen Johnson (£6 million).
He has also tabled a £15million bid for Argentinian international midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, though the 28-year-old’s club Manchester United have told them to raise their bid.