• Premier League

Council offer Chelsea stadium aid

ESPN staff
June 8, 2012
Chelsea's bid to redevelop Battersea Power Station was turned down last month © PA Photos

Chelsea could receive help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council to upgrade Stamford Bridge after their bid to relocate to Battersea Power Station failed last month.

The European champions had hoped to cross the Thames and convert the iconic site into a 60,000-seater stadium, but it emerged this week that a joint proposal from two Malaysian companies was selected as the preferred bid.

Chelsea have been hunting for a new home for years, with Roman Abramovich prepared to fund the building of a new home due to the problems of improving their 42,000-seater arena, but finding a suitable location in south-west London has proven to be no easier.

But new leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, is keen to see Chelsea remain at Stamford Bridge and has been in touch with the club to see how the council can help.

"It now looks highly unlikely that Chelsea FC will be moving away from their historic home," Botterill said. "The council remains committed to working with the club to explore all possible avenues for keeping the Blues here at their original home.

"The door is open and the council is again ready to sit down and discuss how Stamford Bridge can be appropriately upgraded so that it is fit for one of Europe's leading football clubs."

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