Fulham owner Shahid Khan says Craven Cottage will remain the club’s “lifetime” home, confirming renovation work will begin in May. Khan is currently in the process of trying to purchase Wembley Stadium from the Football Association, who are in discussions as to whether to accept his £600million offer for the venue.
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The 68-year-old’s desire to buy Wembley led to questions over his commitment to Fulham and his proposed investment in the redevelopment of the ground.
Khan has now moved to reassure Cottagers fans he fully intends to stick by his pledge to keep the club at their historic home on the banks of the River Thames, confirming work on the new Riverside Stand will start next May.
In a letter sent to the FA, Khan wrote: “When I was privileged to become chairman of Fulham in 2013, I immediately encountered rumours as to what this meant for the future of our home ground of Craven Cottage and, for that matter, the Club itself.
“My word at the time was I would invest in the Club and the renovation of Craven Cottage so it would always be the lifetime and spiritual home of Fulham, but only in a manner that would be respectful of the neighbourhood, while also delivering economic and quality of life benefits that would serve all Londoners every day of the year.
Committing to doing the right thing, and then doing it right, was the only path I would consider.
“I am happy to say that after years of careful planning and communication with every stakeholder imaginable, the necessary approvals have been granted and work on the new Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage will begin in May, as pledged, ensuring stability and sustainability for our Club and a future on the banks of the Thames longed for and deserved by our supporters.”