Chelsea move to Earls Court from Stamford Bridge unlikely after setback

Stay away, Chelsea! Roman stadium blow as Blues told they have 'no place' at Earls Court

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

17:20 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 23 January 2013

Chelsea have been dealt a fatal blow in their pursuit of moving to a bigger stadium away from Stamford Bridge.

Owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to relocate the west London club to Earls Court.

But the Russian billionaire will have to reconsider his lofty plans following a damning joint statement released by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, and developer EC Properties on Wednesday.

Moving on: Stamford Bridge has been Chelsea's home since 1905

Moving on: Stamford Bridge has been Chelsea's home since 1905

Bird's eye view: Roman Abramovich had set his sights on the Earls Court Exhibition Centre

Bird's eye view: Roman Abramovich had set his sights on the Earls Court Exhibition Centre

'Neither of the two landowners believes
that the inclusion of a football stadium in the scheme would offer the
regeneration benefits of the existing master plan,' the press release read.

'It is the firm intention of the two
landowners to proceed with this landmark regeneration, creating 9,500
permanent new jobs and around 36,000 temporary construction jobs.

Plans for the redevelopment of the Earls
Court site have been unveiled after an agreement paving the way for
1billion worth of community benefits in North Fulham and Earls Court
was signed – with Chelsea not part of that.

Blow: Roman Abramovich will be forced to reconsider his plans after another setback

Blow: Roman Abramovich will be forced to reconsider his plans after another setback

Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader Nicholas Botterill added: 'There really is no place for
Chelsea Football Club within the Earls Court redevelopment.

'It remains
the council's firm belief that the future of Chelsea FC is best served
at their historic home of Stamford Bridge.'

Despite the obvious setback, Sportsmail understands Chelsea will continue to monitor the site as an option with the Stamford Bridge club aware that similar language has been used before.

Nevertheless today's statement will still come as a huge blow to Abramovich who continues to look for a new home for his side who have been based at Stamford Bridge since 1905.

Chelsea's hopes of moving to Battersea Power Station were extinguished last year after a Malaysian consortium completed a 400million purchase of the London landmark.

The Blues lodged a bid to move to the iconic 39-acre site on the south bank of the River Thames.

The west Londoners released plans in May that detailed how they hoped to turn the derelict site in to a 60,000-seater stadium incorporating the four famous chimneys.

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