Gallas, who spent five years at Chelsea from 2001 – 2006, says Abramovich was a hands-on owner.
He told Four Four Two magazine: “When we won games, he would often come in the changing room and speak to some of the players.
“He was like, ‘How are you? I’ve seen you receiving some kicks, do you think you will be all right to play in the next match?’
“He was really close to us all.”