The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has urged Tottenham to stay in north London and press forward with their plans to build a new stadium.

Spurs had launched a bid to move into the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after it is vacated, but lost out to local rivals West Ham.

The decision of the Olympic Park Legacy Committee to award the venue to West Ham prompted Spurs to take the decision the High Court in order to challenge the ruling.

But Haringey Council and the Greater London Authority are doing all they can to ensure Spurs 'stay true to their roots' by offering £17 million to help with the infrastructure improvements in and around the proposed new site.

"Tottenham Hotspur has long been an integral part of the community and by staying true to its roots the club now has the power to revolutionise an area of the capital that has been neglected for far too long," said Johnson.




 

"Last month's riots were a telling reminder of just how important it is for Spurs to press ahead with the development at Northumberland Park and to help kick-start a much wider regeneration project that would create jobs and give Tottenham the economic boost it deserves.

"The club knows there is no more money available from the public purse and I sincerely hope that they accept the offer we have made.

"It is not just in the best interests of Tottenham Hotspur and the fans of this great London club, but of the wider north London community."

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