Boehly says he’s "all in every minute of every match" in first Chelsea words

Todd Boehly has said he's "all in every minute of every match" in his first words as the new Chelsea owner.

The American businessman's consortium have officially completed their takeover of the club, bringing an end to the 19-year reign of Roman Abramovich. In a statement on the club website, Boehly said: “We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club.

"We’re all in – 100% — every minute of every match. Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud. Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success.

"I personally want to thank ministers and officials in the British government, and the Premier League, for all their work in making this happen."

Boehly and Clearlake Capital, who have led the consortium which includes fellow billionaires Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter, will share control of the club. They have committed to the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge as well as further investment in the academy, women’s team, and their shared Kingsmeadow stadium.

Boehly will take up the role of chairman of the holding company. Chelsea revealed they received more than 250 enquiries from prospective buyers and held discussions with over 100 of those.

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Clearlake co-founders and managing partners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano added: “We are excited to commit the resources to continue Chelsea’s leading role in English and global football, and as an engine for football talent development.

"We also want to thank the authorities for all their work throughout the process. As pioneers in sports and media investing, we are thrilled to partner with Todd and the rest of the consortium to meaningfully grow the Club as a global platform.

"Together, we will expand the Club’s investment across infrastructure, technology, and sports science to support the incredible Chelsea football and commercial teams – all with the goal of leveraging this growth to fuel even more on-pitch success.”

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