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Chelsea in talks to leave Stamford Bridge for Twickenham

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Chelsea are in talks over a potential move to Twickenham Stadium as the hurdles to redevelop Stamford Bridge continue to grow, reports the Sunday Times.

The Rugby Football Union confirmed that talks with the Premier League outfit have already been held, but also stressed that the parties are nowhere near an agreement.

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Inquiry

"We are regularly contacted by a variety of organisations, within and outside sport, on a wide range of opportunities concerning the use of what we believe is a world-class stadium," the RFU told the Sunday Times.

"We have had an inquiry from Chelsea FC but have not had any discussions of any substance."

"While we don't comment on any specific confidential conversations, each request is taken on its merit, assessing a variety of factors, such as the effect on the pitch, availability, transport and local considerations and other important implications."

Stamford Bridge

Although Chelsea are obviously looking into a number of options with regards to getting a bigger stadium, there interest in moving to the home of English rugby is a signal that the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge is unlikely.

Being situated in such a tight space, expanding the Stamford Bridge complex would require a mammoth effort and would have a huge impact on the local community.

As such, Chelsea chiefs are finding more and more hurdles in the way and it seems Twickenham, which lies around 8 miles west of Fulham Broadway, is a realistic option.

60,000 seater

Roman Abramovich wanted to fund an increase in Stamford Bridge's 41,623 capacity to 60,000, bringing it up to par with Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Liverpool's approved redevelopment of Anfield.

Twickenham houses 82,000 fans, but has never hosted a football match. However, its owners have looked to raise cash by holding music concerts and rugby league matches in the past.

Different scenarios

A Chelsea spokesman told the Sunday Times: "We're investigating different scenarios as part of the consultation process we started earlier this year, but have had no discusssions of substance so far."

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