Gullit backs Chelsea fans to make decision over Stamford Bridge future

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has called for the ultimate decision over whether Chelsea build a new stadium to be made by the fans of the club.

The Dutchman both played and managed at Stamford Bridge in the mid-to-late 1990’s and led the side to their first glory for 26 years when Chelsea won the 1997 FA Cup against Middlesbrough. Gullit still holds a fond affection for the Blues and wants them to remain local, even if they go ahead with the proposed idea to build a new ground.

Gullit said: ‘They need to stay in their local area, because that is why they are called Chelsea. Where If you are looking to the future, it is a good thing to have a bigger stadium and more income, but if you cannot do it in Chelsea, then it’s a problem.

‘It’s a good thing that the fans have a say in the matter (through their ownership of Stamford Bridge) and I hope, ultimately, they get to decide what happens’, the 49 year old added.

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