On the pitch Chelsea are in many ways well on course for a memorable season, sitting comfortably in the top four, playing a raft of youth players who are excelling and a feel-good connection between the fans and manager Frank Lampard.
 
Off it things have been reportedly shrouded in doubt – is the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still in love with the club and will the club get a transfer budget, in the next possible transfer window, to match previous seasons ambitions?
 
In a revealing interview with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, The Guardian get the inside scoop on the current dynamic at the Blues, as well as putting to bed the swirling rumours over the long-term commitment to the club by owner Roman Abramovich;
 
I understand what you are saying and it is hard to disprove it, except to say: ‘Let’s see what happens in the next transfer window.’ The point I am making – it’s a glib one – if we go out in the next window and spend a zillion, it’s pretty hard to argue that things are on hold.”
 
In terms of being involved, in looking at new players, talking about whether to extend players’ contracts, do we buy this player, do we sell this player, [Abramovich] was always intimately involved in that from day one and is just as intimately involved now.”
 
It’s hard not pick up on the fact that Bruce Buck has suggested that the club will walk the walk when it comes to the next transfer window that Chelsea can be active in, backing the manager and signing a number of key players to challenge domestically and in Europe.
 
No doubt these quotes will go a long way to putting all the focus back on the pitch and hopefully seeing the Blues continue a strong season thus far, and continue to push on for Champions League qualification, ahead of what could be the biggest [next] season at the club in recent memory.

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