Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has acknowledged the team was not prepared for Roman Abramovich’s exit.

The Russian put the club up for sale early this week, following Russia’s attack on neighbours Ukraine.

The move caught everyone by surprise, including the players, as now revealed by the Frenchman.

“It’s something we are not prepared for, it came quick,” Kante told Sky Sports when asked about the current situation at the club.

“The only thing we can do, because we don’t control these things, is to do the best playing football as we have always done, for the club, for the fans.

“It’s hard to see things like this. We hope it finishes as quickly as possible and in the best way.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Abramovich said it was in the best interests of everyone involved with the club to sell it because of the current situation.

“In the current situation, I have taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.

“Moreover, I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.

“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the Club in this manner,”

Abramovich’s exit will bring an end to a 19-year successful period with the London club.

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