Blues ground not in bidder's plans

Tue, 12 Jun 21:15:54 2012

The Malaysian investor who outbid Chelsea to redevelop Battersea Power Station has played down speculation he could be tempted into building a new stadium at the site.

Liew Kee Sin trumped Chelsea to win preferred bidder status after the Blues had earmarked the site for a new 60,000-seat stadium. Liew's SP Setia company intend to use the historic 38-acre site to build shops, homes and offices should a deal and due diligence be finalised in the next month.

And while Liew said he could yet talk to Blues owner Roman Abramovich about his stadium plans, he believes any hopes of housing Chelsea's potential new home were improbable. He told The Daily Telegraph. "I don't want to say anything right now, but from what I know, from what I read...a stadium is out of the question."

He added: "But we need to speak to the respective councils about what is and isn't possible. For now we're committed to following the [agreed] plan which is residential, commercial, retail and social [housing], [and an] extension of the Northern Line.

"I don't know Mr Chelsea, Mr Abramovich. We haven't discussed the bid. We're just a foreigner bidding for a bit of land in London.

"We'd like to get it first then talk about other things. It's not ours yet and we don't know what will happen over the next 28 days. Let's do one thing at a time."


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