New York Knicks' star Amar'e Stoudemire has admitted his love for Premier League side Chelsea after their tour of the United States finished earlier this week.
The 6'11" centre was in Miami on Wednesday to watch Chelsea in action against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup final.
Despite his 'beloved' team falling to a 3-1 defeat, Stoudemire was still flying the Blues colours as he turned up in his Chelsea strip.
The six-time NBA All-Star and his teammates visited Stamford Bridge during last season to watch them take on Southampton, in which Stoudemire was presented with a Chelsea shirt.
"A buddy of mine sorted tickets for the game, so with the team being in Miami where I live in the off-season, I thought I should come and show my support," he told Chelsea's official website.
Stoudemire is one of several NBA players to take an interest in the Premier League, with LA Lakers guard Steve Nash a passionate supporter of one of Chelsea's London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
Football has made a dramatic increase in popularity over the last few years in the USA.
Many have out this down to David Beckham's move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy ultimately having a positive effect for the sport.
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