Owner’s visits are ‘fantastic’ – AVB

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of club owner Roman Abramovich’s recent training-ground visits.

Abramovich’s presence at Chelsea’s training base in Cobham has increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat following his team’s poor results.

The Russian billionaire is reported to have told him that he will be axed if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Villas-Boas described his conversations with Abramovich as “short, accurate and precise.”

He added: “Just because there is a physical presence doesn’t mean conversations have just started. They were going on before.

“As for the owner being present, you can speculate about whatever you want but for us it’s fantastic.”

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