Chelsea's stadium plans shelved due to 'investment climate'
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The Premier League club have put their Stamford Bridge rebuild on hold.
Chelseaâs proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge into a new 60,000-seater stadium has been put on hold indefinitely, rai sing speculation over whether owner Roman Abramovich will resurrect the plan.
The Blues are looking to redevelop Stamford Bridge and were hopeful of taking up residency of their new stadium in 2021.
However, on Thursday, the FA Cup winners announced that proposal has been put on ice because of an âunfavourable investment climateâ â" with no time frame given for the plans to move forwards again.
Chelsea would not expand on a brief club statement, amid reports the delayed renewal of Russian Abramovichâs visa may have been linked to the decision not to push ahead with the redevelopment at this time.
A statement on the Premier League sideâs official website read: âChelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur.
âThe club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfa vourable investment climate.â
After plans to relocate failed to materialise, it appeared Chelsea were set to remain at Stamford Bridge, albeit with a vastly improved facility.
Planning approval had been received from Hammersmith and Fulham Council while potential snags, including compensation for local properties, had all been put in place.
Suggestions of a short-term move to Wembley while the work was carried out came under question when Fulham owner Shahid Khan revealed his plans to buy the stadium from the Football Association.
Twickenham, the home of England Rugby, proved not to be a viable option but such issues no longer require immediate attention as the Blues look set to remain put for the foreseeable future.
With a capacity of just over 41,000, Stamford Bridge is the eighth-largest Premier League stadium and is dwarfed in the capital by Arsenalâs Emirates Stadium, the London Stadium â" which is occupied by West Ham â" and the new Tot tenham ground that is set to open later this year.
On the pitch, it remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte will be at the helm to lead the team into the 2018/2019 campaign.
The Italian celebrated beating Manchester United to lift the FA Cup at Wembley on May 19, but with the Blues having failed to qualify for the Champions League, it has been widely reported Chelsea will make another managerial change this summer.
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been linked with the Stamford Bridge job should it become available.
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