Abramovich makes Chelsea training appearance

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keeping a close eye on affairs at the club after making a second appearance at the training ground in as many weeks.

The Russian billionaire was also in attendance during Sunday's 3-3 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, with the match coming just days after his first reported visit to Cobham this season.

And, after watching training for a second time yesterday, speculation has mounted over his increasingly active role in first team affairs.

The Blues have denied claims that 'showdown talks' have taken place between Abramovich and manager Andre Villas-Boas during the visits though, with the former Porto chief insisting that discussions between the pair focused mainly on the match against the Red Devils, as well as looking ahead to next year's project.

"Roman is always very interested in the running of events and it was good for the team to feel his presence," said Villas-Boas.

"We touched a little bit, of course, on next year's project, but mainly on that (United) game.

"Roman is a very educated person to the cause of Chelsea football club and his aura is always present."

Despite his reputation, Abramovich appears willing to give 'AVB' his chance at the helm in west London despite Chelsea sitting 14 points off the pace at the top of the Premier League.

Securing a return to the Champions League now appears to be the priority, and as a minimum requirement for former managers, Villas-Boas can expect the same fate as those before him if he fails to gain a seat at Europe's top table come the end of the season.

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