Leicester City is hoping to contend with the powers of Europe in more ways than one.

By 90Min
November 01, 2017

Leicester are on the verge of moving to a state-of-the-art training complex, with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester, hoping the move will make the Foxes a dominant force in world football. 

According to reports in the Daily Mail, a site near the M1 with good transport links has been chosen as a potential spot for the new training ground. Interestingly, Manchester City and Tottenham are believed to have provided advice in the planning process.

Relocation away from their current Belvoir Drive complex could happen within two years, and with the Thai owner having been generous with funding in his seven years of ownership of Leicester, he wants to build a legacy at the club following their remarkable title win in 2016 by upgrading the one area of the club that is still not at that elite level.

At present the squad and staff must negotiate traffic in Leicester to reach a training base that is surrounded by residential housing, just two miles from the King Power Stadium. In contrast, the new location is set to be on the outskirts of the city, more than six miles away from the ground, to provide better transport links for players who live outside the East Midlands city.

The current plan is for Belvoir Drive to be sold off in order to help fund the construction of the new ground which could cost more than £60m. 

New Foxes manager Claude Puel said of the proposal: "For the future they are modelling a new training ground and there will be new facilities coming. It is an exciting time and I am honoured to be here."

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