Chelsea 'one of only two or three clubs' financially stable with Marina Granovskaia 'doing good job', says Rummenigge

CHELSEA are 'one of only two or three clubs' who are financially stable, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

And the German heaped praise on Marina Granovskaia for her financial handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Blues announced a £32.5million profit in their latest set of accounts up to June 30, 2020.

Covid-19 hit last March, with fans banned from attending matches, but Chelsea's robust finances managed to cope.

Rummenigge said his Champions League winners Bayern have been losing £3.5m to £4.3m in revenue each 'fanless' game.

And he highlighted Chelsea as one of few clubs doing well to keep their balance sheets in order.

He told the Athletic: "There are maybe two or three clubs who are able to buck the trend.

"Chelsea's numbers, for example, look very positive. Marina has done a very good job.

"But we won't see any all-time high [profit] records tumble this summer, that's for sure.

"Everyone I talk to wants to reduce their payroll. That also applies to Bayern. Transfer fees went down by 50 per cent last season, which was good, but the wages haven't adjusted downwards accordingly.


"We find that players and their agents are not happy to renew under existing circumstances but want more.

"It'll be an interesting transfer market. It'll be instructive to see whether the best players will have the upper hand in that regard.

"We need to rely on players and agents understanding the situation. The whole football industry, the whole world has been damaged by Covid-19.

"I'm curious to see if there will be one club in Europe that can break even this season. It'll be challenging, even for us.

"After more than one year without fans, the income loss has been much greater for the big clubs."

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