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Celta Vigo set for relocation after stadium disagreement

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mouriño has said the Spanish LaLiga football club has no option but to seek a new stadium amid a dispute over the ownership of the team’s current Balaídos ground.

The 29,000-capacity stadium is owned by the Vigo city council. The club is seeking to purchase the facility, but the city’s Mayor, Abel Caballero, has only offered Mouriño a 50-year lease, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Mouriño has repeatedly said he would be open to taking Celta Vigo out of the city in order to build a new stadium, should an agreement not be reached over the Balaídos.

Mouriño said, according to Marca: “A full refusal to this (50-year lease) proposal has already been given to the mayor, it has been published by the media because it is unfeasible.

“This is not a war between Caballero and Mouriño, it does not coincide with that of Celta, it is also for Celtism, for the city and for Galicia.”

He added: “We are doing everything we can to stay in the city, but it is impossible. Why they are not letting Celta grow, I do not know. The new headquarters will be profitable, but the decision to leave has come after eight years trying to advance in our projects.”

Celta Vigo is currently 10th in LaLiga after 30 games of the 2016-17 season.