CHELSEA bidder Jonathan Goldstein will not take up a place on the club's board because he is a Tottenham fan, according to reports.
The businessman, who has a close relationship with Chelsea's incoming owner Todd Boehly, was being talked about as a potential successor to Blues chairman Bruce Buck.
But it has since been revealed that Buck is set to remain in his role when Boehly buys the club from Roman Abramovich.
It was then thought that Goldstein could assume a position on the board at Stamford Bridge.
But according to The Times, he will not take up the role because he is a Spurs supporter.
The report states that he is a Tottenham season ticket holder.
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As a result, he would prefer to work with Boehly "without immediately taking a seat in the boardroom".
He is still expected to be integral in the Stamford Bridge redevelopment project.
LA Dodgers owner Boehly's £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea is expected to go through before the end of the season.
Final approval requires sign-off from both the Premier League and the Government.
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But with all parties keen to conclude the process as soon as possible, the likelihood of the deal being ratified before the end of the Prem campaign is growing.
Prem chief executive Richard Masters confirmed in March that a Chelsea buy-out could pass the owners and directors test within 10 days “provided the information is easily digestible and understandable”.
With Boehly already involved in a major US franchise, it is felt unlikely that the test will discover any impediments to his ownership.
League financial experts have already begun the “owners and directors test” requirement processes, after Boehly’s group and the other two approved bidders all passed the previous “due diligence” phase.
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