Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has returned to London for the first time in three years, The Sun reports.
Abramovich’s visa expired in April 2018, but having obtained an Israeli passport later that year, he has been able to get back to visit his family.
The UK government made it harder for powerful Russians to obtain visas after the Salisbury poisoning incident in 2018.
But having obtained an Israeli passport he has been able to make his first trip to the UK in three years without the need for a visa.
A spokesperson told The Independent that Abramovich’s is in the UK to see relatives, and he could visit his beloved Blues while in the capital.
Amid the 2018 visa fallout, Chelsea scrapped plans for a £1billion revamp of Stamford Bridge.
The project would have delivered some £22m in community benefits in Hammersmith and Fulham, including £3.75m for affordable housing and £12m for community facilities.
Abramovich’s passport allows him to visit the UK on business for up to six months per trip.
However, in 2018, government officials told the Times he may not come and go when he pleases.
Abramovich has been unable to watch his Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for three years.
And he only met Thomas Tuchel for the first time after their Champions League final win against Manchester City in Porto in May.
In May, the Russina oligarch jumped to eighth on the Sunday Times’ Rich List after adding almost £2bn to his net worth.