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UK Government offers to host Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City


The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City could be moved to England (Picture: Getty)

The UK Government are open to hosting the Champions League final after Turkey – where the showpiece event was due to take place – was added to the overseas travel red list.

The red list status means Chelsea and Manchester City’s players and staff – and any fans hoping to travel to the match – will be required to quarantine for ten days upon their return to the UK.

Up to 12,000 supporters were planning to travel to Istanbul for the May 29 final but transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday that Chelsea and Man City fans should not attend the match.

Shapps added that the Football Association is in talks with UEFA about switching the game, but that it is ‘ultimately a decision for UEFA’.

‘The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it,’ he said.

‘So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for UEFA to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say.’

Wembley Stadium, the most obvious venue for the Champions League final, is already set to host the Championship play-off final on May 29.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea progressed to the final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over 13-time winners Real Madrid, while Manchester City reached the final for the first time after beating French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.

Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January, said: ‘This one match in the semi-final, we did that with a very impressive performance and we need that again.

‘It gave us belief and confidence for every game after that because it is the highest level you can face. We had huge challenges in the Premier League and we came out of it very strong and showed our mentality and quality in all of these matches.

‘So yes, we will arrive with self-confidence and with a positive energy in Istanbul. With no injuries, just the positive energy to win, to be one of the participants. We want to arrive with the clear focus to win.’

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