LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP)– Chelsea’s kind on the pitch might have fallen away of late but the future looks rosy, according to Chairman Bruce Buck, as the Premier League side published an earnings of ₤ 32.5 million (US$ 44.4 million) for the year ended June 30, 2020.

The figures show the impact the halt to the Premier League season in March had due to the coronavirus pandemic, as general turnover for the group fell from ₤ 446.7 million to ₤ 407.4 million.

Broadcasting and match day revenues reduced by ₤ 17.6 million and ₤ 12.2 million, respectively, largely due to the suspension of the project.

Nevertheless, credentials for the Champions League and surplus made “on a number of gamer sales” assisted them publish positive outcomes.

Lowered match day costs since of games being delayed assisted partly balanced out the losses from the pandemic.

Chelsea played their final 4 house Premier League games of the interrupted domestic project and likewise the conclusion of both the FA Cup and Champions League fixtures behind closed doors, the majority of which fell under the 2021 financial year.

Business income was also down by ₤ 9.5 million, with non-match day activities around Stamford Bridge also closed due to the fact that of the pandemic.

Chelsea also invested ₤ 93.7 million in the team during the 2020 monetary year, that included existing player contract renegotiations.

However, the big-money summer finalizings of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy are not covered in the 2020 outcomes as they were all completed after June 30.

” In typical with many, numerous services around the world, the pandemic has had a significant effect on Chelsea’s earnings,” stated Buck on the club site.

” However it signifies the strength and stability of our monetary operation that the business was still able to post a profit in the previous monetary year.

” This was done while continuing to purchase our playing personnel and indeed, had typical football not stopped in March, forecasts reveal a record profit and record turnover would have been accomplished.

” That would have represented an increase in earnings for a fifth year in succession.”

Buck said there was an air of optimism and positivity around the club, although on the pitch they have actually taken just four points in their last 5 matches.

They head into Sunday’s home match with Manchester City 7 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

“In spite of the effect of COVID the earnings streams remained strong, our team is establishing on the pitch, and the club is in a good position to continue to grow when football has the ability to operate as it did previously – a time we are all looking forward to,” said Dollar.