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Candy wants fan involvement as race to buy Chelsea heats up

LONDON (AFP) – Nick Candy has vowed to involve Chelsea fans if the British property tycoon succeeds in buying the troubled Premier League club.

Candy is believed to have submitted a bid of over GBP2 billion (USD2.6 billion) for his boyhood team and promised to give fans a ‘golden share’ ownership stake.

Candy issued a statement in confirming his bid, vowing to write off the loan to Chelsea Pitch Owners to safeguard the Blues’ future at Stamford Bridge. The 49-year-old has promised a total renovation of the stadium. Candy has teamed up with firms Hana Financial Group and C&P Sports Group in his Blue Football Consortium.

”Chelsea is one of the most iconic and successful clubs in the world, with a rich heritage, global following, and a highly valuable brand,” Candy said.

”Football clubs are important community and cultural assets, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give football back to the fans and put them at the heart of the operations and strategy of a leading global football club.”