The report further stated that the club spent over £30,000 last December on hampers with more than 100 given out.
Though the package worth £300 per head, is designed for former players over the age of 55.
Regardless, the money spend is just a negligible fraction of Roman Abramovich’s wealth but the motive behind his philanthropy is what’s the most laudable.
According to the Daily Mail, 57-year-old Gary Chivers who made more than 150 appearances for Chelsea from 1976-83, received one for the first time this year.
However, one man who has been enjoying the freebies over the years is none other than Tommy Docherty revealed in an interview with
Docherty, 88, opened up on how Stamford Bridge outfit Chelsea FC had been sending him a Harrods hamper every December for several years.
“Champagne, red and white wine, cheese, biscuits, smoked salmon. A nice hamper,” the former Arsenal right-back said 50 years after leaving the west London club.
Chelsea have made a deliberate effort to reconnect with ex-players since Abramovich took over in 2003 because so many had been cut off by the previous regime and majority of old-boys have been embraced as ambassadors, working in match-day hospitality and on club’s official TV channel.
Antonio Conte’s side currently boss the Premier League table with five points after 20 matches. They make a trip to the King Power Stadium this Saturday where they take on defending champions Leicester City.