Michael Emenalo has resigned from his role as Chelsea technical director, the Premier League club have announced.
Former Nigeria international Emenalo has been a key confidant of owner Roman Abramovich, acting as a link between the first team and the Blues board. Emenalo's role also saw him have an influence on transfers, including Chelsea's much-scrutinised loan strategy, and developing players from the academy.
The former Notts County defender joined Chelsea in October 2007 and has been technical director since July 2011. He has already been linked with a position at Monaco. Chelsea said in a statement: "Chelsea Football Club today announces that technical director Michael Emenalo has decided to stand down from his role."
Chelsea said Emenalo had "contributed to a period of unprecedented success for the first team and academy". Emenalo said: "This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club. "I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made."