Chelsea wait on Stamford Bridge land decision

Chelsea will discover today if their bid to buy the land on which Stamford Build is built has been successful.

Chelsea are thought to want to move to a 60,000-seater stadium in the near future and buying out the freehold on their current home will allow the club to move forward in achieving this ambition.

The West London ground is currently owned by CPO – the Chelsea Pitch Owners, a group formed in 1993 involving former chairman Ken Bates with the intention of assuring the stadium’s future was secure.

Bates believes that CPO should retain the freehold in the best interest of the club and has told the Daily Mail: “Stamford Bridge is the club’s heritage. I sacrificed personal profit to make sure Chelsea could continue to play at their home. It is my legacy to Chelsea fans. They own the stadium and the site and they are proud of that.”

Chelsea have previously claimed they have not yet decided whether they wish to relocate but their desire for a bigger stadium is no secret and developing and expanding Stamford Bridge is not seen as a possibility.

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