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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Go-ahead for Chelsea plan
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho says the new training centre will boost the whole club
Chelsea have been given planning permission to build a new training and academy facility at Cobham in Surrey.

All the club's professional and academy players will work at the centre, which will have 15 pitches and should be operational by July 2006.

Boss Jose Mourinho said: "One of the reasons I joined the club was the commitment owner Roman Abramovich and the board showed in investing in youth.

"All the teams being on the same site will inspire the younger players."

Mourinho said he thought the move from their old Harlington training ground would be a significant step forward for the club as they aim to consolidate their place among Europe's elite.

"If we can tell players before they join that we have the best training ground, this is a big advantage," he added.






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