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Marina Granovskaia is set to leave Chelsea as the club makes the best choice for her successor

The Blues plan to raid Spanish club Atlético Madrid (Images: Getty Images)

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer despite Todd Boehly trying to keep her and the club are already reportedly eyeing a successor.

The Russian-Canadian has been a close ally of Roman Abramovich for more than 20 years and has been referred to as his de facto “chief of staff”, although the two first met when she joined his Russian oil company in 1997.

Granovskaia represented Abramovich at Chelsea after he bought the club and was appointed to the board in 2013, becoming a key figurehead.

Marina Granovskaia is set to leave Chelsea as the club makes the best choice for her successor

Bruce Buck will stay at Chelsea but Granovskaia will leave (Image: Getty)

She was responsible for overseeing the football side of the club’s operations, including player contracts, manager appointments and dismissals, and transfers.

Granovskaia has grown into an impressive and highly respected operator, being named the best club director in European football at last year’s Golden Ball Awards, hosted by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

All of the shortlisted bidders looking to buy Chelsea from Abramovich were keen on keeping Granovskaia at the club and new owner Boehly spoke to both her and chairman Bruce Buck about staying in west London.

But while Buck is set to continue in his role, German newspaper Sport Bild claim Granovskaia have decided to leave the club and end their long association with the club at the end of August.

Chelsea are already considering a successor and their first choice is Andrea Berta, who is currently sporting director at Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

The Italian helped build a team that won La Liga in 2020-21 while Chelsea have already been linked with one of Atletico’s players, defender Jose Gimenez.

Chelsea want Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta

Berta, left, is in charge of Atletico’s transfer business (Image: Getty)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has previously spoken enthusiastically about Granovskaia – and technical and performance adviser Petr Cech – and hoped she would stay at the club after Abramovich’s departure.

In March he said: “All I can tell you is that it’s been an excellent relationship so far that has worked so well for me and hopefully the other two too – making those decisions and having the updates in a small circle of communication.” and responsibility.

“Hopefully it stays that way, but I have no influence on it and information if it stays that way.”

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