Kenyon explains move
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Blues official is honest enough to admit that speculation surrounding Claudio Ranieri's future at the club is never going to go away, but he hopes a trophy-winning season will take some of the pressure off the affable Italian.
"I wasn't looking to move," he told The Evening Standard. "But this job represents the single most exciting challenge in European football over the next five years.
"Roman Abramovich is passionate about it and we have to move away from this perception that Chelsea is his hobby or his plaything. This is a serious commitment by a very serious businessman.
"He wants Chelsea to achieve European status, to be number one, and, while we are prepared to invest, we also want, over a period of time, to get a return for that investment.
"Claudio has a contract until 2007 and we are still involved in all the major competitions. I really want to close down all the speculation although I am realistic enough to know that is most unlikely."
Meanwhile, Blues target Lucio has admitted he is prepared to consider a lucrative London move in the summer.
"The offer from Chelsea is the most concrete," he told Express. "London would not be a problem for me.
"After all, it's not much colder than in Germany."
The Brazilian had earlier admitted his preference was to join Serie A giants Juventus, who have also been hot on the trail of the Bayer Leverkusen centre back.