Chelsea have denied reports claiming they are interested in buying Earls Court Exhibition Centre in order to build a new stadium.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was reported to want to build a new 65,000-seater stadium on the Earls Court site to replace the 42,000-capacity of Stamford Bridge.

A lack of space has prevented Chelsea increasing Stamford Bridge’s capacity.

The Earls Court and Olympia complex are owned by St James Capital and they confirm they have “received approaches” said a spokesman.

The Earls Court and Olympia sites were put up for sale in December for £400m.

A spokesman for the club however denied Chelsea were set to leave Stamford Bridge: “We have made our position clear several times on the issue of ground redevelopment at Stamford Bridge.

“Despite that, there has been speculation linking us with a whole variety of sites in London including Wembley, the Olympic Stadium at Stratford, White City, Battersea Power Station, Earls Court, Chelsea barracks and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

“Whether these sites are available, or not available, is irrelevant. Our position is that we would like to increase the capacity at Stamford Bridge, and ideally we would like to take it to a figure of just over 50,000 but there are constraints on our current site, which are well documented.

“Only after all possible scenarios for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge are exhausted can a debate start about other options.”

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