Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has ‘approved plans’ to change the Blues’ badge, according to reports.
According to reports in The Express, the Chelsea board have approved edits to the existing Chelsea crest. The current badge has been in place since 2005, ever since Abramovich’s initial takeover.
Chelsea’s current badge features a lion holding a staff – the coat of arms of the Earl of Cadogan. According to the aforementioned reports, the lion is likely to remain, but adjustments will be made to the font.
A source close to the club, as quoted by the Express, said, “The crest is being redesigned. There won’t be massive changes but it’s being given a freshen up.” The existing badge was commissioned in 2005, in Chelsea’s centenary year.
This move comes despite Abramovich’s position at the helm of the club being tensely poised. In the past few months, there has been wide speculation around his future, with many sources reporting the Russian billionaire is considering a sale.
Due to increased political tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia in recent months, Abramovich’s renewal for a British work visa was delayed. The oligarch later got an Israeli passport which allows him to visit the United Kingdom, but is ineligible to work on British shores.
In light of this, Abramovich also put plans to build a new Stamford Bridge on hold. The new stadium was supposed to have a capacity of 60,000, about 20,000 more than the current stadium.
Despite the off-field problems, however, Chelsea have started the season positively on it. Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea have recorded a perfect start to the season – amassing 12 points out of 12. Only goal difference separates them from league leaders Liverpool.
The 2015/16 champions will now take on newly promoted Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, after the Premier League returns from its international break.