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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly trying to bring former Barcelona director Ramon Planes to his backline at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich has been monitoring a fantastic period of success since taking over Chelsea in June 2003. In fact, no English club has won more major trophies than the Blues since his arrival.
Chelsea have won five Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues – including silverware – under Abramovich’s ownership. What’s more, they added their first Club World Cup title Saturday by beating Palmeiras.
Countless star signings – as well as academy stars – have proved crucial to the club’s success under Abramovich.
As a result, Sport has claimed that the club manager wants to ensure continued success by adding Planes to his backroom team.
The 54-year-old is currently out of work following his exit from Barcelona last November.
However, he made his name as director of the La Liga club by finding several young talents who are now appearing on Barcelona’s first team. They also look like they are the stars of the future.
In fact, Planes has discovered people like the midfield duo Gavi and and Pedri. The pair, 17 and 19 respectively, are already stuck in head coach Xavi’s Barcelona plan. They also have a total of 14 international caps for Spain.
Plane also helped bring Uruguayan center-back Ronald Araujo to Barca. The 22-year-old is also a regular part of the team and has reportedly done so transfer interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Sport adds that Planes ‘almost certainly’ will continue his career outside Spain.
But while Chelsea want to bring him to Stamford Bridge, another English club have also met with him to suggest him a role in their project.
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The report does not mention the club, but insists that Chelsea have competition to land planes.
In addition, Valencia are also planning a bid to keep the director of La Liga. In any case Sport concludes that Planes will make a final decision in March and continue his career.
Azpilicueta is characteristic of Abramovich, Chelsea’s success
Among the players who stand out in the era of Chelsea success under Abramovich, Cesar Azpilicueta is one.
The full-back was signed in 2012 from Marseille and became the club’s captain in 2019 and has overseen a host of silverware at Stamford Bridge in his decade with the Blues.
In fact, he can now write the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup on his CV.
Alongside these honors, he has played 459 games for Chelsea.
But according to expert Neil Warnock, Azpilicueta is lucky to be in Chelsea.