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Last Updated: Friday, 27 January 2006, 10:39 GMT
Chelsea make record 140m losses
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck (left) and owner Roman Abramovich
Abramovich (right) has spent close to 265m on players
Chelsea have recorded losses of 140m, the biggest in football history.

It was a severe increase from the 88m loss they made last year, with the Blues citing a "series of exceptional one-off items" behind the rise.

"These figures reflect the continuing restructuring of the business which we began in 2003-4," Chelsea chief Peter Kenyon told the club website.

"The rise is down to some exceptional items that were necessary to help us in our aim to break-even by 2009-10."

The termination of a deal with Umbro, which cost 25.5m, plus a total loss of 22.8m over the transfers of Adrian Mutu and Juan Sebastien Veron and the 5m for Academy recruitment were picked out as the "exceptional items".

Kenyon added: "We terminated the Umbro contract which had a huge impact on these figures, but we have not yet seen any of the financial benefit of our new adidas contract.

"Similarly these figures do not include any of the monies from our new sponsorship deal with Samsung, which was the biggest in Premiership history."

Chelsea's wage bill was reduced from 115.5m to 108.9m, while transfer fees, and the additional fees involved in buying players, fell from 175.1m to 101m.

Turnover dropped from 152.1m to 146.6m, with the PLC putting that down to the sale of Chelsea Village Travel, the club travel agents.

Chelsea have used Roman Abramovich's fortunes to fund a transfer spend of nearly 265m which helped them win their first domestic league title for 50 years when they won the Premiership last season.


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