Tottenham move to Milton Keynes would be good, says Mauricio Pochettino, amid talk of sharing Wembley with Chelsea

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MK Dons' home has a capacity of 30,500 but is almost two hours' drive from White Hart Lane (Source: Getty)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he would be happy for the club to relocate 50 miles to Milton Keynes while a new 61,000-capacity stadium is completed in north London.

The controversial proposal, which would see Spurs stage their home fixtures at MK Dons’ Stadium mk for the 2017-18 season, is under consideration as an alternative to renting Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea are also interested in a temporary switch to Wembley, albeit likely for a longer spell, while they redevelop Stamford Bridge, and the Blues could even share residency with Tottenham.

Pochettino, whose side visit Leicester in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday, pleaded ignorance to suggestions they could co-habit with their west London rivals but welcomed both potential destinations.

“It’s an option to play at Wembley but I don’t hear that maybe we will share with Chelsea – no communication from my chairman and we didn’t speak about that. Maybe we will in the future but not yet,” he said.

“It’s a club decision, different possibilities, but we would love to play at Wembley. It’s in London and it’s close; it’s a good option for us. But why not Milton Keynes too? Both options are good.”

Stadium mk, the home of Championship outfit MK Dons, has a capacity of 30,500 – less than 6,000 fewer than White Hart Lane – but is almost two hours’ drive from Spurs’ north London ground.

Tottenham were granted planning approval in December for a new £400m arena on the site of their home of 116 years and plan to move out for one season to enable completion in time for the 2018-19 campaign.

Chelsea are believed to want Wembley for three years with the option of a fourth, starting in 2017, while they transform Stamford Bridge into a distinctive 60,000-seater, Gothic-influenced arena.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has indicated he would be happy for Spurs and Chelsea to share the 90,000-capacity national stadium. Tenancy would likely cost each club around £15m per season.

Pochettino, meanwhile, has admitted that he is likely to rotate his team for a third meeting with Premier League high-flyers Leicester in the space of 11 days.

“We have some players in a condition where it’s a big risk to play,” he said. “We have ahead of lot of games. Always we assess the players and maybe we take a decision to rest some players.”

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