Max Kilman Signs Contract Extension with Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Wolves needn't worry about Chelsea signing Kilman as UK government freeze Roman Abramovich's assets

Roman Abramovich has today been sanctioned by the UK government as part of their response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (via BBC News).

The 55-year-old is one of seven oligarchs to have seen their assets frozen.

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Last week, news emerged that Abramovich had placed Chelsea up for sale.

These has been interest in the club, but its sale is now on hold because of the sanctions.

The huge development means Chelsea can no longer sell new match tickets or merchandise to fans. And players cannot be granted new contracts.

Whilst under these sanctions, the club also cannot sign any new players or sell any of their current players.

There is potential this could affect Wolves in that, recently, Chelsea were linked with a move for Wanderers defender Max Kilman.

Just a few weeks ago, talkSPORT reported that the Blues were considering a move for the 24-year-old, who has enjoyed a tremendous campaign so far.

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Supposedly, Chelsea scouts were present to watch him in action against Leicester City last month.

But it seems the west London giants will now be unable to make a swoop for the star as a result of today’s announcement.

Wolves may not face Chelsea interest after Roman Abramovich sanctions, but other clubs could still come calling

This situation undoubtedly has a long way to go.

But as things currently stand, Wolves don’t have to fear any kind of transfer approach from Chelsea for Kilman.

And it’s likely they would have come in for him, given they have three defenders – Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen – all set to leave when their contracts expire at the end of the current season.

Of course, there could well be other clubs coming in for Kilman though.

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In an absolutely ideal world, the central defender will rebuff any incoming offers in favour of staying at least one more season at Molineux.

His form hasn’t been so good in the last few weeks. But his general rise under Bruno Lage has certainly been one of the best things about Wolves’ season in 2021/22.