WORLD Cup winner Frank Leboeuf is urging the Chelsea Pitch Owners group to herald in a new era at the club by agreeing to a sale of Stamford Bridge.
The legendary former Blues defender's comments will dismay many fans who believe Chelsea should hold on to their heritage rather than embrace the uncertainty of establishing a new ground elsewhere.
But the Frenchman says the long-term future would be rosier if a move was sanctioned.
"Financially talking, I think it's important for the club to have a bigger crowd, because it brings more money and money talks nowadays," Leboeuf told the Chronicle.
"As a former player, I'd be sad because Stamford Bridge represents so much to me that I would be sad to see the stadium being destroyed.
"Of course I have sympathy with the Chelsea Pitch Owners. Everybody has habits and doesn't want to adapt to something new, but we saw Arsenal moving to a new stadium when Highbury was a kind of temple for the Gunners and that would be the same for Chelsea.
"But you have to be realistic. For a club like Chelsea 44,000 is not enough."