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Chelsea: Marina Granovskaia ‘clashed with Mino Raiola and uses WhatsApp chats to get deals done’

REVEALED: Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia ‘clashed with Mino Raiola, uses late-night WhatsApp chats to get deals done and left agents stunned with her uncompromising manner’, say insiders in a L’Equipe profile on the Blues’ ‘enigma’

  • French newspaper L’Equipe has revealed insight into Marina Granovskaia
  • It is said that the Chelsea chief has an ‘uncompromising manner’ with agents
  • Mino Raiola, the notoriously fiery agent, is reported to have clashed with her
  • A trusted lieutenant for Roman Abramovich, she has been labeled as an ‘enigma’











Chelsea ‘enigma’ Marina Granovskaia is someone who prefers to operate away from the cameras but the workings and character of the ‘uncompromising’ Blues chief have been detailed at length by insiders at French newspaper L’Equipe.

The extensive profile on Chelsea’s managing director paints a picture of an intellectual who has the steel to take on agents, including Mino Raiola. One of the most powerful football agents in the world, Raiola is reported to have ‘clashed’ with Granovskaia.

The Russian executive, who assumed her director role at Chelsea in 2013, is, unnamed agent said in the profile, someone who often works ‘at impossible times’ and likes to conduct her business via messaging platform WhatsApp.

The profile explains that when she was appointed by owner Roman Abramovich, agents ‘thought she was going to be easy to handle’ but that has not come to pass.

She is one of Abramovich’s most trusted confidantes and is the one who runs the club from London while he is away.

While Granovskaia endeavors to ‘work under the radar’, some insiders say that she has ended herself to colleagues.

Marina Granovskaia (left), a close confidante of Roman Abramovich (right), has been profiled

French newspaper L'Equipe details her 'uncompromising' approach to dealing with agents

French newspaper L’Equipe details her ‘uncompromising’ approach to dealing with agents

‘When you know her, you discover someone nice, funny and very cultured,’ Olivier Letang, president of Lille, is quoted as saying.

Her relationship with Abramovich goes back well beyond her nine years at Chelsea.

Granovskaia, who has Russian and Canadian citizenship, worked as Abramovich’s personal assistant at his oil company, Sibneft, in 1997.

She was brought to London in 2003 when Abramovich purchased Chelsea and took a position on the board a decade later, with the Times declaring her the ‘most powerful woman in football’.

She reportedly has clashed with Mino Raiola, one of the most prominent agents in football

She reportedly has clashed with Mino Raiola, one of the most prominent agents in football

The Russian-Canadian director has been described as headstrong in negotiations

The Russian-Canadian director has been described as headstrong in negotiations

Granovskaia is the chief negotiator for new players and contract renewals and, while she has been praised for her role in convincing veteran defender Thiago Silva to join, it was her display at the negotiating table for the sale of Eden Hazard that captured attention.

Hazard had a year left on his Chelsea contract in 2019 when Real Madrid aggressively pursued a deal for the Belgian attacker.

Negotiations were described as ‘long’ but Granovskaia ‘had a clear amount’ she wanted as a transfer fee and was unwilling to cave to pressure from Real Madrid.

It is said she was willing to keep hazard for another year and lose him for nothing than sell on the cheap.

She was present with the players in Abu Dhabi when they won the Club World Cup this month

She was present with the players in Abu Dhabi when they won the Club World Cup this month

In the end she pulled off a reported deal of £134million in three installations.

Granovskaia, who was in Abu Dhabi to see Chelsea win the Club World Cup, has been described as ‘a savvy and fine leader’ who is ‘available and uncompromising’ in her work, which has led to Chelsea becoming reigning European champions.

Forbes ranked her fifth overall back in 2018 in their ‘Most Powerful Women in International Sports’ list.

In addition, Granovskaia’s work was recognized on a global scale when she received the Best Club Director in European football award back in December.

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