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AVB wants Chelsea fans to embrace possible Stamford Bridge departure

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says it is important for the future of the club if the fans can come to terms with a possible shift from Stamford Bridge.

Club owner Roman Abramovich wants to purchase the shares currently held by 12,000 supporters who own the Chelsea pitch in Southwest London but campaigners are urging supporters to vote No at a special meeting of the Chelsea Pitch Owners on October 27.

However, Villas-Boas feels it is vital that the fans keep an open mind for a potential venue upgrade which would be greatly beneficial for the Blues just as it was for his former club FC Porto.

"I think the most important thing for us it to position ourselves for the future and the club has made a good decision on that front," he said.

"When Porto left the old stadium to go to the Dragao, nobody liked the name, the site and the stadium, or the idea of moving. The historic presence of the old stadium on that site was something important for the fans.

"But go back to Porto now and no one remembers the old stadium. Everybody now talks about the new stadium, the magnificent site.

"That move took us into the future, brought us more revenues, and allowed us to play in a magnificent stadium.

"That's my experience of the past. I'm not in a position to say how the fans will react, and how they are reacting.

"In the beginning, I understand the disappointment regarding the loss - or not - of an historical site can mean something. But if we move or not, things will be for the best for sure."

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