Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes and her players enjoyed some valued time with Roman Abramovich during their visit to Jerusalem this week.
The Blues are in Israel for a specially arranged friendly with the national team to celebrate women’s football and support further development of the sport in the country. The match takes place later today at Ha-Moshava Stadium and is being sponsored by the Chelsea owner and the Israeli FA.
On Monday the squad visited the historic old city and in between visits to the various landmarks they joined the Chelsea owner for a private get-together overlooking the Western Wall of the historical Temple Mount.
Also in attendance were Chairman Bruce Buck, director Eugene Tenenbaum and chief executive Guy Laurence.
Hayes said: ‘It was a wonderful day, for all the staff and players. The fact we get to spend time in Israel with Roman, who has brought us out here, once again shows his commitment and dedication to the women’s game.
‘It is a week of promoting women’s football using Chelsea as an example of what you can achieve with investment and support and a continuation of the important Say No To Antisemitism campaign.
‘We had a good conversation and he told me he is looking forward to the game and I’m sure we will do him proud. We talked about the women’s game and how the trip has gone.
‘He asked me how the players were and if they were ready for the new season. Roman showed his passion for the team and the women’s game in general.’