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Chelsea results reveal £70.9m loss

Chelsea have announced that they have become "cash positive" after releasing their latest results for the financial year ending June 30, 2010, though the figures also reveal a £70.9 million loss.

The claim of being "cash positive" comes from the club posting a cash inflow £3.8 million from a previous outflow of £16.9 million - the first time that Chelsea have been able to boast an inflow since Roman Abramovich took over the club.

But despite the figures not taking into account the £18 million signing of Ramires and impending £50 million capture of Fernando Torres, amongst others, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay insisted that the club are on course to operate under UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

"The reduction in operating losses and increased sales in 2009-10 shows that we are moving in the right direction especially when viewed against the difficult macroeconomic environment," Gourlay told the club's official wesbite.

"The club is in a strong position to meet the challenges of UEFA 'financial fair play' initiatives which will be relevant to the financial statements to be released in early 2013."

Blues chairman Bruce Buck said: "That the club was cash generative in the year when we recorded a historic FAPL and FA Cup Double is a great encouragement and demonstrates significant progress as regards our financial results."

The figures also showed that the club's operating loss was reduced from £72.3 million to £68.6 million, while turnover was up from £203.5 million to £205.8 million.

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