Tottenham Hotspur have yet to decide where the team will play its home matches next season, as VioletSport sources suggest the club have still not confirmed to the FA that they will use Wembley stadium.
Spurs announced that a deal had been agreed with English football’s governing body back in May, which would allow them to use the national stadium for European fixtures this season, and have the option to move all of their home games to the venue for the 2017/18 campaign, while their new home was under construction.
#thfc Spurs still haven’t activated the clause to use Wembley for Premier League football next season… More on @VioletSportFC soon.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 28, 2016
Despite Spurs’ indecision, the FA are keen for a quick decision – as the stadium will require work done in order for it to be used as a regular venue.
Spurs have already relocated to Wembley for their Champions League matches this season, but Premier League rules would require a change to parts of the stadium before the club could play domestic matches there.
Whilst manager Mauricio Pochettino has already conceded that he expects the team to be playing their home games at Wembley next season, the board are stalling on confirming such a move to the FA, as the time-frame for the building of their new stadium remains uncertain.
The Northumberland project, which is now well underway, has already seen a corner of Tottenham’s current stadium knocked down, but the completion of their new home cannot be overseen until the rest of the White Hart Lane is demolished.
Whilst Spurs accept that they will need to spend a season in a temporary new home, they are desperate to avoid spending anymore than a year away from their famous ground and are awaiting official confirmation that their new stadium will be complete and ready for use by the start of the 2018/2019 season.
The club have already asked the FA to play their first few matches of that campaign away from home, much like Liverpool did this season, as the new stadium’s construction isn’t expected to be complete until September 2018.
Until that completion date is confirmed however, Spurs are unlikely to announce their home venue for next season, as a club source has reportedly told VioletSport that