Premier League champions Chelsea could be forced to leave Stamford Bridge for as long as three years, if plans to redevelop the ground go ahead.
According to The Telegraph, the Blues plan to expand their home for the last 110 years by just over 18,000 seats, turning the London ground into a 60,000 seater stadium.
There had been previous suggestion that sites like Battersea Power Station could have been potential places for a newly-built stadium, however The Telegraph report that Roman Abramovich is now concentrating on redeveloping the current ground.
An early estimate in The Telegraph suggest that the plans could cost around £500m, and could keep the club away from the stadium for three seasons. Both Twickenham and Wembley have been suggested as possible alternative homes for Jose Mourinho’s men while plans go ahead.
While it is inconvenient and may prove detrimental to their form – as it did for Arsenal when they played their Champions League games at the old home of football for the two seasons in the late 1990s – but if Chelsea wish to compete with the very best clubs in the world on a regular basis, they will need to provide state of art facilities that will grow their brand worldwide, but also entice the very best players.
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