The 41,800 seats at the London club is significantly less than The Blues’ top Premier League rivals, and chairman Bruce Buck has confirmed that this number cannot be increased.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve given up but after five or six years of looking at it we are doubtful that we can do something at reasonable cost that will give us a reasonable return financially and for the fans,” he told The Telegraph.
The newspaper indicate that Andre Villas Boas’ men have three possible locations for a new arena; Earls Court, White City and Nine Elms, which are all being explored.
Despite this, Buck maintains that there are no concrete plans, and that the club are dedicated to Stamford Bridge for the time being.
“We are here at Stamford Bridge, have no plans to move but like any good business looking at the future we are looking at everything that comes along and might make sense,” he stated.
“At the moment we have no discussions going on with any developer and we still have not made a decision that ‘yes, Chelsea want to move’.”
“More significantly, we are wondering whether long-term our stadium might be the right size. We may decide that 42,000 is fine and if we continue to have that view we would just stay,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight