Chelsea’s stadium supremo has had a sly dig at London rivals Tottenham for touting out their new White Hart Lane stadium to other sports and pop concerts.
Spurs are using Wembley next season while their new ground is being built and the new Premier League champions are eyeing up a similar move when they redevelop Stamford Bridge.
Hugh Rosen is the man with a rumoured £1billion to spend on Chelsea’s new home and he pulled no punches when discussing the stadium plans for both London clubs.
Rosen said: “To be fair to Tottenham, they are not just looking for football.
“They are looking for American Football, looking at rugby and as far as I am concerned if they can’t win at football they are welcome to try any other sport they like.
“For us, Roman (Abramovich) gave us one brief, the whole stadium, the billion pounds or whatever it is going to cost, is about winning football matches. There is nothing else.
“There are no pop concerts, no boxing, no American football and no other team, just our home priority.
“Everything was designed around the existing centre spot, it doesn’t move and everything revolves around that.
“Here we are, 112 years into our history trying to rebuild our stadium for the fifth time on our own site, around our own pitch.
“There are 13 London clubs, this is the only one that has never moved home ground and never will move home ground.”
Despite his cocky dismissal of Tottenham’s plans, Rosen admitted he has no idea when Chelsea’s stadium rebuild will start – let alone finish.
Antonio Conte’s side will definitely defend their title at their current ground next season and Rosen said the new ground might not be ready until 2022.
At an event honouring former Chelsea player Eddie McCreadie, Rosen said: “We are not in a position yet to start and therefore not in the right position to know yet when we are going to finish.
“In the end it doesn’t really matter. When history is written in 100 years’ time no one is going to care if it was 2022, 2021, 2020.
“What matters most to us, and as the owner also said, it is about getting the timing right. So as soon as we know we will let you know. There is no date yet.”