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Chelsea stadium move excites Terry

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Chelsea captain John Terry has waded into the debate over a move away from Stamford Bridge, and has backed owner Roman Abramovich to make a decision that is right for the club.

The England international skipper has spent his entire career with the club, making a first team debut in 1998 and becoming captain under Jose Mourinho. He would lead the club to three Barclays Premier League titles.

Despite his close affiliation to the west London clubs current home venue, the central defender has no issues over a possible move, and believes it will benefit the club's next generation of fans, including his own children.

"For me obviously I have great memories of Stamford Bridge. I made my debut at Stamford Bridge and have spent my whole career at the one club," Terry told the official Chelsea website.

"But what excites me is the thought of my kids, who are Chelsea through and through, being able to grow up watching the team play in a big stadium. We're talking about the next generation of kids beyond that as well. It excites me because I know for sure that we can grow. We can grow if we're successful on the pitch and if we've got the capacity to expand and do what other clubs are doing.

"We all have great memories of the Bridge but for us to go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner. He has been amazing since he bought the club, along with our fans as well."

In his interview, Terry highlights a number of potential advantages in moving, and not just the obvious financial benefits that come with a bigger stadium holding a larger capacity of fans.

From a playing perspective, the captain believes having the ability to play on a larger pitch will also be a benefit, enabling Chelsea to pay an expansive, attacking style that could make it easier to break down defences playing for a draw.

"With teams like Stoke, it probably suits them to have a smaller ground and a smaller pitch, but the type of team we have become in the last 10 years with the type of players we have, for us to have a bigger pitch would be a big benefit," he continued.


 

"We have suffered from this at the Bridge in the last few years when clubs come and park the bus. We find it a little difficult to break them down at times but with a bigger stadium and a bigger pitch, with the quality we have in the squad and the quality we are aiming to have in the future, that would certainly serve us well.

"Barcelona, Wembley, Arsenal's ground, Old Trafford, they are all grounds that impress me when I play at them and looking at Arsenal and Man United, they are getting a lot more income due to their capacity than us without an owner dipping into his own pocket, like Roman has done consistently year after year."

Whilst a move is far from certain at the current time, Terry had to acknowledge that, should the time come to leave Stamford Bridge, it would be an emotional farewell to a famous stadium.

Sites in Battersea and Earls Court have been suggested as possible destinations, but some great memories will be left at the Blues' home for what is now 106 years.

"We all have great memories of the Bridge but for us to go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner. He has been amazing since he bought the club, along with our fans as well," Terry concluded.

"No one is saying it is going to be an immediate change but we need to be looking because I am sure other clubs will be looking at the same potential sites."

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