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Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell snubs Russian bid


Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell has confirmed that he never had any intention of selling the club to a Russian group.

A deadline set by bidders Vladimir Antonov and Roman Dubov passed earlier this week.

Mitchell was approached by an agent on behalf of the Russians.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "He asked me if I was interested in selling my shares. I didn't have to think about it and just said 'no'."

A number of offers were submitted through a third party on behalf of Convers Group Holdings.

But Mitchell who gained control at Dean Court just over a year ago felt a sale would not be in the best interests of the club.

"It's something I really didn't pay much attention to," he said. "I've got no intention of selling. I didn't come into the club to sell and to make a quick buck.

"I've come in here to stabilise the club, help it get its reputation back after the troubles it's had and I think during the course of the year we've worked towards that.

"What the club needs now is a stable period."

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