Chelsea will not move into the new Stamford Bridge until at least 2024, a report on Daily Mail claims.
Chelsea had initially planned to move into the new Stamford Bridge in 2021.
Chelsea would have to find a new home while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped but latest reports claim the Blues won’t depart Stamford Bridge until 2020.
Chelsea’s first game at the £500million, 60,000-capacity stadium has been pencilled in for the opening fixture of the 2024-25 season.
Demolition of Stamford Bridge’s surroundings and building work on the adjacent railway line is planned to start next year.
At a meeting with Chelsea’s fans earlier this season, a member of Chelsea’s stadium project team said as quoted on Daily Mail: “We hope, subject to approvals, to start (work) in the third quarter of 2018 including the museum and health club being demolished, with work on the railway lines starting in 2019.
“There will be at least two further seasons here after this one.
“The local authority has been very helpful.
“We have legal matters and statutory approvals to resolve before any works can commence and this may take some time but is not unique to this project.”
Chelsea have already secured planning permission from the local council and the approval of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Chelsea will move to a temporary home in 2020 while Stamford Bridge is being redeveloped with the Wembley Stadium and London Stadium among the temporary venues being considered by Chelsea.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly not yet decided how to pay the £500m cost of the new stadium, with suggestions he has been in talks with a Chinese group over potential investment.