Chelsea Woes Deepen As They Suspend Stadium Project

Chelsea Woes Deepen As They Suspend Stadium Project

Chelsea Woes Deepen As They Suspend Stadium Project

'The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate'.

A statement issued by the club yesterday said that "no further pre-construction design and planning work will occur". Chelsea does not have a time frame for reconsidering its decision, according to a statement on the club's website.

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi is confident Roman Abramovich remains committed to the club.

- Vasco Cotovio contributed reporting.

Chelsea are thought to be operating as normal, despite Abramovich's visa concerns.

At a time when Premier League clubs have more wealth than ever before, it hints at some deep problems behind the scenes at Chelsea.

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After plans to relocate failed to materialise, it appeared Chelsea were set to remain at Stamford Bridge, albeit with a vastly improved facility.

Sources confirmed to ESPN FC that shelving the stadium project was Abramovich's response to the issues he has faced in renewing his United Kingdom investor visa, despite the fact that he can legally visit the country after obtaining Israeli citizenship.

The 51-year-old can not gain entry into the United Kingdom following his failed attempt to get his visa into the country renewed.

Talks have been held regarding replacing Conte with Sarri, but Chelsea have been unwilling to pay compensation to Napoli after the Italian club appointed Carlo Ancelotti. It has not been confirmed that the Abramovich situation is the reason, but that is the assumption of most observers.

Mr Abramovich has declined to comment on the claims.

The Blues "are ready to ask" Zidane if he "wants an immediate return to management" after his shock departure from the European champions.

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