Chelsea's claim that it would be more expensive to redevelop Stamford Bridge than to move to a new stadium was on Friday challenged by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

The Blues last week published a summary of a presentation they made in which they provided the reasons why they felt increasing the capacity of their home of 107 years may be unviable. But the council, who in November vowed to do everything possible to help the club stay put and not move out of the borough, have suggested it would actually be "far more" expensive to relocate.

Deputy leader Nick Botterill said: "We cannot comment on the financial conclusions CFC has drawn but it is very likely that any move away from Fulham would cost far more than either the £600million the club claims it would cost to rebuild its current ground or the cost of upgrading and expanding the existing Stamford Bridge structures."

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