Todd Boehly’s new Chelsea era is reportedly blaming the old regime for his huge transfer spend

‘I said the old regime cost you £100m – they said ‘MORE”: Todd Boehly blames Roman Abramovich’s regime for Chelsea’s huge transfer spend, says agent Saif Rubie – as he details chat at Stamford Bridge box revealed

Chelsea blame the old regime for their huge £270m summer spending, according to claims from a mediator who sat with new owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

US tycoon Boehly bought the Premier League side in May for an estimated £4.25 billion from previous owner Roman Abramovich, who had been sanctioned by the UK government for his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine .

Towards the end of his tenure, Abramovich and former Blues director Marina Granovskaia oversaw several defensive departures, including Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer, leaving the club desperate for defensive cover.

Chelsea blame Roman Abramovich's old regime for their huge £270million summer spend, according to Saif Rubie (left), an intermediary who worked on the deal that saw former Blues star Antonio Rudiger join Real Madrid

Chelsea blame Roman Abramovich’s old regime for their huge £270million summer spend, according to Saif Rubie (left), an intermediary who worked on the deal that saw former Blues star Antonio Rudiger join Real Madrid

US tycoon Todd Boehly (centre) bought the Premier League club for around £4.25bn in May

US tycoon Todd Boehly (centre) bought the Premier League club for around £4.25bn in May

Former owner Roman Abramovich had been sanctioned by the British government for his links with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the country's invasion of neighboring Ukraine

Former owner Roman Abramovich had been sanctioned by the British government for his links with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine

This summer Boehly had to put his hand in his pocket as Chelsea bought big at the back, buying Leicester’s Wesley Fofana for £70m, Brighton’s Marc Cucurella for £62m and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m.

The west London team had also sold middle halves Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace for £18m and Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan for £25m, both of whom have impressed away from Stamford Bridge and have since been capped by England.

Saif Rubie, a facilitator working on the deal that left Ruediger, insisted Boehly’s new regime tell him they blame Abramovich and Granovskaia’s team for letting all those defenders go, which the Summer Splendor necessitated.

He said: “The new regime had to come and pick up the parts of the decisions that were made by the old regime.

“Things like letting the boy (Guehi) go to Crystal Palace, who was also a defender, and letting another boy (Tomori) go to AC Milan for not a lot of money.

Abramovich and former club director Marina Granovskaia (left) let several defenders go

Abramovich and former club director Marina Granovskaia (left) let several defenders go

The most prominent was key player Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer

The most prominent was key player Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer

Wesley Fofana joined Chelsea for £70million this summer

Fellow defender Marc Cucurella joined from Brighton for £62million

The club have had to spend heavily on defense this summer, signing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana (left) for £70m, Marc Cucurella (right) for £62m and Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m

Rubie (left) claims the new regime told him Abramovich and co had cost them

Rubie (left) claims the new regime told him Abramovich and co had cost them “more” than £100million

“When I spoke to the new regime I said the old regime cost you £100million. Do you know what they said to me? “More”.’

When asked about Rudiger’s departure, Rubie added: “What if I told you that basically Chelsea and the old regime made next to no effort to keep the player? At the time he was very happy to stay and potentially captain the club.

“He was offered a contract that was half what Romelu Lukaku was earning.”

Lukaku, who was signed for £97.5million last summer, returned to former club Inter Milan for a season in June after a disappointing first season at Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have had a mixed start to the season, winning three games, drawing once but losing twice, 3-0 to Leeds and 2-1 to Southampton. A controversial VAR decision gave them a narrow win over West Ham on Saturday.

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