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A deal to redevelop Earls Court, said to be one of the club's desired destinations after missing out on the Battersea Power Station, has ruled out a football ground at the location

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their search for a new football stadium, with Hammersmith and Fulham council sanctioning a redevelopment for Earls Court that rules out such a building.

The club are looking into potential locations for a new ground in London, but the new deal agreed by the council will see the site, which is situated only one-and-a-half miles from Stamford Bridge, used for around 8,000 new homes.

It is the second site Chelsea have been unsuccessful in securing, after Battersea Power Station was sold to Malaysian property developers last year.

"The Earls Court landowners, H&F Council and Capco, are committed to the regeneration of the Earls Court Opportunity Area in line with the master-plan," a council statement read.

"It is the firm intention of the two landowners to proceed with this landmark regeneration, creating 9,500 permanent new jobs and around 36,000 temporary construction jobs.

"Neither of the two landowners believes that the inclusion of a football stadium in the scheme would offer the regeneration benefits of the existing master plan."

Stamford Bridge holds just under 42,000 fans, with the club keen to move to a stadium that could house nearer to 65,000, that would bring them closer to London rivals Arsenal in terms of capacity.

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