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Since Abramovich took over in 2003, Chelsea have won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.

However, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said he felt those successes represented only the beginning of the story for Chelsea.

"It has been a hugely successful decade for Chelsea Football Club since Roman Abramovich took control, with an unprecedented number of trophies in the last ten years," he said.

"The club has also taken great strides off the field in that time, adapting to meet the challenges of football's changing landscape.

"Mr Abramovich's early investment in playing staff paid dividends in creating a team admired around the world, but to keep Chelsea among the elite we have always known we must produce our own world-class talent.

"We are beginning to see the benefits of our academy, which will help us meet our long-term objectives for Financial Fair Play.

"As we prepare for the next ten years, I feel we are well-positioned to continue the success we have so far enjoyed under Mr Abramovich, and everybody here is determined to build on that progress we have made."

Meanwhile, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck hailed Abramovich as the man who had forever changed the fortunes of the club.

"What came through to me loud and clear in those early days was the new owner's passion for the game and the potential he saw for what Chelsea FC could achieve, both on and off the pitch," Buck wrote in The Times.

"But few people could have comprehended ten years ago how Roman Abramovich's ownership would quickly transform Chelsea, taking them from a club facing mid-table mediocrity and near bankruptcy to become one of the most formidable football teams in the world.

"Now of course, Chelsea fans, the fans of other clubs, journalists and observers of the world of football look forward. Will Roman Abramovich become bored, having won all the major trophies? My answer is no. Can Jose Mourinho bring more success to the club? My answer is yes."

Addressing the forthcoming Financial Fair Play regulations, Buck added: "Don't forget, significant investment has already been made and the club now look optimistically at long-term financial stability under the new Financial Fair Play rules.

"Time will tell what is possible. But if history is any indication of the future, the future is bright blue."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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