Saturday, November 11, 2017
Chelsea's plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge have reportedly suffered a setback.
The Premier League champions were granted planning permission earlier this year to build a new £500million state-of-the-art stadium on the same site as their current home.
Club chiefs had been hoping to have the new arena, which will boost capacity to 60,000, ready in time for the 2021-22 season.
But, according to the Daily Mail, the move has now been delayed until at least 2024.
Their report claim works around the ground are scheduled to start next year but Chelsea will continue to play at Stamford Bridge until 2020.
They will then move into a temporary home for FOUR YEARS while the ground is redeveloped.
Wembley is the most likely venue for Chelsea to use during their Stamford Bridge exile, while it also has been suggested they could use West Ham’s London Stadium.
Owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly not yet decided how to pay the £500m cost of the new stadium, with suggestions he has been in talks with a Chinese group over potential investment.