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Chelsea future of Granovskaia remains clouded

 The future of Chelsea managing director Marina Granovskaia is in doubt.

The Daily Mail says Granovskaia has told Chelsea's prospective new owners that she is willing to stay on to run the club's operations during this summer's transfer window, but her long-term future at Stamford Bridge remains cluded.

The Russian-Canadian businesswoman has worked closely with Roman Abramovich for 25 years and it is unclear if she is prepared to sever links with Chelsea's former owner in order to keep her job despite having been on the club's board for the last nine years.

Granovskaia's willingness to lead Chelsea's transfer talks in the short term remains a welcome boost however, as she is the best-connected executive at the club.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has complained Chelsea's transfer plans are behind schedule due to the uncertainty created by the takeover battle and it promises to be a hectic summer, with replacements needed for Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and maybe Romelu Lukaku.

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