Frank Lampard has no doubt Roman Abramovich has been 100% committed to Chelsea.
The Blues head coach says their recent acquisition of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig is proof the Russian is very keen for the west London club to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.
Lampard also said his relationship with technical adviser Petr Cech and director Marina Granovskaia has been very productive.
“I haven't spoken to him (Abramovich) recently; I speak to Marina a lot and with Petr,” said Lampard. “We are very joined up and we talk a lot and communication is key in that. When you say that I know the owner very well, in the workplace, to a degree, I do.
“But I also understand what he wants for this club. I played under it, I felt it as a player when he first came here so I get that, and with my conversations with Marina that's always relayed.
“I want the same as him. In terms of his commitment, I think he has shown his commitment regularly to our football club. We have done some business now that will hopefully improve us for next season and we want to keep moving forward.
“One thing I really realised coming into this job, I was here a long time as a player, but as manager people will consistently ask you about your relationship with the board and the owner, etc. And I hope that this shows how we've worked together, all of us, with how we work, with recruitment, scouting and all playing our roles in trying to bring the right players and being joined up.
“So I think we have to be very positive. This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap. And signings like Timo and Ziyech are both nice statements.”