Chelsea legend Ron Harris has insisted that the club’s move away from Stamford Bridge will be a step towards a positive long-term future, and will give the Blues the ability to compete with big spending clubs like Barcelona and Manchester City.

Harris holds the record for appearances as a Chelsea player, with the 66-year-old clocking up nearly 800 showings for the Blues in a career spanning almost 20 years from 1961-1980. As a result, he knows a thing or two about what it’s like to play at Stamford Bridge.


And the ex-defender is certain that a move would bring the club up with the big guns, with Chelsea facing no option to expand on their current set up.

"I have heard rumours for quite some time they are looking to move but it remains to be seen what will actually happen," Harris said.

“I spent 21 happy years there, but whatever decision the club comes up with I'm happy. Obviously they might want a bigger capacity, and if that's the case I'll go along with that.

“If you look at bigger clubs like Barcelona and Man United – if Chelsea want to be up there, it would be nice if they had a bigger stadium.

"Look at Arsenal, since the move there haven't been any complaints there.”

Chelsea have put forward a proposal to buy back the freehold land at Stamford bridge from the club’s Pitch Owners.

While the Blues have made it clear that there are no immediate plans to move away from their current home, they have said that should a suitable alternative become available, they will consider making the change.

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