ROMAN ABRAMOVICH made a rare Chelsea appearance as he surprised the women’s team during their tour of Jerusalem.
The Blues owner, who is worth around £10.7billion, has not been attending games at Stamford Bridge because of his UK visa issues.
Abramovich was banned from entering the country and later pulled his application for a new visa and instead now has Israeli citizenship.
It meant he was able to link up with Emma Hayes’ women’s squad as they toured Jerusalem’s historic sites following a week spent in Israel.
Chelsea Women beat Israel’s national side 3-1 in Tel Aviv on Tuesday at the Ha Moshava Stadium.
But manager Hayes decided to leave Abramovich’s shock appearance a surprise.
She told PA: “I didn’t tell them where we were going, so that was great to surprise them with that. And they were like giggling teenagers when we went into the room.
“But once Millie Bright and Carly Telford went up and asked for pictures, all the girls were asking for individual shots.
“We spent time not just talking about this game, but the season ahead, our work over the last season and seasons before, and how proud he is of the team and what we do.
“It’s such a boost to the players, and especially in Jerusalem, it was a wonderful experience for all of them.”
Abramovich added another stunning mansion to his ever growing property portfolio in July by buying a £50million beachside pad in Israel.
The billionaire’s latest acquisition became the most expensive house in the country, and he may have been staying there during the Chelsea Women’s tour.
Despite his rare appearances at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich is said to still be committed to the club.
As well as being seen at the Europa League final in May, Abramovich made an appearance at the Red Bull Arena in Austria to watch new manager Frank Lampard in action for the first time.
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Abramovich, 52, did not attend a single game in the UK in 2018-19 with his sighting at Chelsea’s home ground believed to be in May 2017.
Last season he didn’t even bother to renew his corporate box, close to the halfway line.
Abramovich will be allowed to visit the UK visa-free for up to six months at a time with his new Israeli passport – but he can’t work here.
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