UKRAINE icon Andriy Shevchenko admitted his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will never be the same again.
Shevchenko belonged to the first group of stars Abramovich He signed with the Blues in 2006, three years after the Russian oligarch took over the club.
But now the AC Milan legend is fully focused on fulfilling his patriotic duties as he seeks peace and helps his compatriots flee war-torn Ukraine Russia’s unjust invasion.
Abramovich, on the other hand, was subject to sanctions by the British government over its alleged links to controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin and is desperate to sell the club.
The 45-year-old former striker, who guided Ukraine to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals just last summer, admits he had a “long relationship” with the exit Chelsea Supremo, but suggested they won’t be around anymore.
Shevcnehko told that Daily Mail: “I said from the start that I didn’t believe that could happen.
“We’ve had a long relationship and I don’t think it will ever be the same again. But I also know that there are many Russians who want to end the war.”
Shevchenko is among a number of influential Ukrainians joining the war effort to defend their country.
This comes after boxing stars Oleksandr Usyk and Wladimir Klitschko bravely enlisted in the army to repel the Russian invaders.
The former Chelsea ace understandably doesn’t pay much attention to football these days, but insists the west Londoners’ history “cannot be annulled”.
Shevchenko added: “The history that Chelsea built cannot be undone.
“The Chelsea fans will always stay behind the club because they love the club. I know it’s a difficult moment.
“But I’m also in a position where, given what’s happening in my country, I want to appeal to everyone to do their part. Remember what matters most.
“I only want one thing: bring peace to my country, stop killing innocent people, stop killing children. We all know that war is cruel. But we cannot accept that.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18019866/andriy-shevchenko-roman-abramovich-ukraine-chelsea/ ‘It will never be the same’