Villas-Boas receives no sack threat from Chelsea

Chelsea have denied claims that manager Andre Villas-Boas held showdown talks with owner Roman Abramovich on the eve of their game with Manchester United, Metro reports. The Blues let a 3-0 lead slip and drew 3-3 with United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which left a lot of Chelsea fans discontented.

The Blues confirmed that the Russian owner spoke with Villas-Boas after Saturday’s training session, but it was nothing to do with the club’s tactics or Villas-Boas’ future as reports claim. Chelsea insist that Abramovich is fully behind Villas-Boas’ project and will give him time to implement his ideas in West London. Villas-Boas’ side are now 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City and will look to pick up a much-needed win away at Everton on Saturday.

A spokesman for the club said: ‘Roman likes to get down to Cobham and watch training whenever he can. He was able to visit on Saturday and he and Andre had a good chat after the training session, which is normal.’

The visit was the first time Abramovich has visited the training ground in a while as he has focused on the court case involving him and former associate Boris Berezovsky. Chelsea’s owner spent 35 minutes watching training and then spoke with the Chelsea boss for 20 minutes. Abramovich is also understood to have gone into the Blues dressing room following the United draw and spoke to the players.

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