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Eidur Gudjohnsen has expressed confidence that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will continue to back the club although rumors are rife that the Russian could quit the Stamford Bridge club. The club recently announced that plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge had been suspended last week, and this decision has been attributed to the UK visa problems Abramovich was facing.

This development fuelled the speculation that the Russian may leave the club in the near future. However, regardless of the rumors, former Chelsea player, Gudjohnsen who played for Chelsea before and after Abramovich bought the club has dismissed the speculation.

“I don’t have that feeling,” Gudjohnsen told talkSPORT.

“When he first arrived, everyone was just questioning if he was just having fun. All we read was about this Russian billionaire coming into Chelsea and pumping a lot of money in and how long will it last.

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“It’s probably lasted much longer than people expected, and he deserves respect for that.

“I just think he still wants Chelsea to be the top team in the Premier League, and he’ll be disappointed to have finished fifth in the league this year.

“But still, they won a trophy, and it’s almost disrespectful to the FA Cup to say ‘they just won the FA Cup’ as there is no such thing as ‘just the FA Cup’.

“It’s unique; it’s the biggest cup competition in the world… and the most historical.”

In light of Chelsea’s recent reduced spending in the transfer market as they have adopted a self-sufficient model after years of heavy reliance on Abramovich’s money, he said:

“We saw it before last season that Chelsea were very inactive in the transfer market.

“They didn’t anticipate losing [Diego] Costa and then [Eden] Hazard got an injury, and all of a sudden you look at the squad and it might not have been big enough where you want to challenge in the Champions League, where you want to challenge on every front.

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“It took players time to settle in who came in, and they never found the right rhythm.

“Chelsea on their day can beat anyone, but when they are having an off day it’s really off.”