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Work on the Bernabeu to begin in 2018

While Zinedine Zidane and Co. focus on matters on the pitch, behind the scenes attention has turned to the redevelopment of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with work set to begin in 2018.

For the moment, nothing will change until at least the new calendar year and even then there is no fixed date for redevelopment work to start.

No fears over a possible issue are necessary, however, with the plans having previously been approved by the appropriate authorities.

The reasons for the delay are actually minor structural tweaks which have seen the plans changed ever so slightly.

These aforementioned changes are not hugely significant, however until everything is set in stone and no longer subject to change, work cannot logistically begin.

Madrid City Council approved the plans to redevelop the famous stadium on May 31 after several rounds of voting.

One of the major points of redevelopment is the commercial sector within the ground itself with Adidas set to open a store within the complex.

Initially, the redevelopment project was set to be complete by 2020, yet this now seems likely to be put back until 2021.

An estimated completion time of 39 months for the majority of the work has been mooted with the most significant work set to be done in the summers of 2018 and 2019, a time when no matches will be played.

In the meantime, all of the club’s offices within the stadium will be temporarily moved to the Valdebebas training centre.

A retractable roof is the main feature and whilst the 12 metre increase in height won’t allow for more supporters, it does facilitate the construction of a luxury hotel within the stadium grounds.

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