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Chelsea owner said to be backing ex-keeper's Spanish club takeover

Dudu Aouate is the new general manager of RCD Mallorca, but is reportedly being funded by Roman Abramovich.

Many a footballer has probably grown to love their clubs over the years, many of them have probably dreamt about owning their respective clubs. One player who will be doing just that is Israeli goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

The 36-year-old retired from football earlier this week, leaving his playing role at RCD Mallorca behind him.

But he is not giving up on the club he joined in 2009 from Deportivo La Coruna, far from it, he is taking charge. Aouate has now been announced as the new majority shareholder of the club.

Mallorca are a struggling outfit, both on and off the pitch. Financially they are in ruin and on the pitch they almost found themselves relegated to Spain's third tier last season.

Now their former stopper will be hoping to lead the club back to La Liga from the swivel chair, rather then between the sticks. He has bought a combined total of 53% of the shares from Lorenzo Serra Ferrer and Gabriel Cerda Alemany.

But while professional footballers certainly make plenty of money, Aouate would still need backing in the market in order to complete this takeover - and the person backing him has plenty of experience in takeovers.

It is believed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is heading a consortium backing the financial takeover with Aouate the face of the deal.

Aouate is now believed to be the general manager, but plenty of the money that will be pumped into the club will reportedly come from Chelsea supremo Abramovich.

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