Tom Farmery For Mailonline

Tottenham Hotspur will hold their home Champions League games at Wembley next season, the stadium confirmed on Saturday.

As Sportsmail reported earlier this week, the Football Association and Spurs have also reached an agreement for the Premier League club to hire the stadium for the full 2017-18 season if required while their new stadium is being built.

Tottenham are building a £400million, 61,000-capacity ground adjacent to their White Hart Lane home. They plan to move into the new stadium at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Tottenham have reached an agreement to play their Champions League games at Wembley next season

Tottenham have reached an agreement to play their Champions League games at Wembley next season

Spurs striker Harry Kane helped his side to a third-placed Premier League finish, scoring 25 goals

Spurs striker Harry Kane helped his side to a third-placed Premier League finish, scoring 25 goals

Tottenham are building a new £400million, 61,000-capacity ground adjacent to their White Hart Lane home

Tottenham are building a new £400million, 61,000-capacity ground adjacent to their White Hart Lane home

The latest news will frustrate Chelsea who also had plans to move to Wembley while their own reconstruction of Stamford Bridge takes place.

It is understood that Spurs began talks with the national stadium first and Chelsea, who have to move out of Stamford Bridge for three years, thought the north London club would only use the ground for one season. 

The Blues have had contingency discussions with the Olympic Stadium and Twickenham.  

That wasn’t a successful move, however, with the Gunners losing three games, drawing one and winning just twice in their time at the national stadium. 

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘We are delighted that, through working in partnership with WNSL (Wembley National Stadium Limited) and the Football Association, we have been able to reach this agreement. 

‘Given the current reduction in capacity at White Hart Lane for next season and the ticketing requirements for Champions League, playing at Wembley will mean that we can continue to accommodate all of our existing Season Ticket holders.

‘Our season ticket waiting list is over 50,000 so this now also offers us a great opportunity to provide more of our supporters with a chance to see the team play live during our Champions League campaign.

‘Importantly, as we know it was our fans’ preference, it means that we can continue to play our home matches in London during our season away.’

Spurs playmaker Dele Alli (left) has seen his fine form rewarded with a place in the senior England set-up

Spurs playmaker Dele Alli (left) has seen his fine form rewarded with a place in the senior England set-up

FA chief executive Martin Glenn added: ‘Having Tottenham at Wembley for big European nights next season is a welcome opportunity for us to further the stadium’s position as a world-class venue. 

‘As well as helping the club and its fans, it will benefit London and English football in general with our commitment to reinvesting all profits back into the game. 

‘The increased revenue will particularly help us meet our targets for improving coaching and grassroots facilities and growing participation. 

‘We were already on a strong financial footing, which allowed us to reinvest £117million back into the game at all levels last season.’

 Arsenal were the last club side to occupy Wembley for European games. The FA allowed the Gunners to host its Champions League fixtures at the old Wembley stadium for the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons.

TOTTENHAM AND WEMBLEY QA

Will Tottenham be able to fill Wembley with 90,000 fans?

Not quite – and that’s not related to demand for tickets.

As Sportsmail revealed last year, Wembley is limited to 37 ‘major’ events each year. However, under the terms of an agreement with Brent Council, an unlimited number of matches could be held there if the attendance falls under 50,000 spectators.

That would see Tottenham close off the upper tier for the majority of their games.

But with appropriate planning, Spurs could even open up the upper tier for big games against the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid.

How will Tottenham make the stadium their own?

Wembley sources say there are no plans for Spurs to change the colour of the stadium’s seats. However, the fronting of the ground can be customised with the use of the stadium’s screens facing Olympic Way.

Tottenham will also be able to show their own footage on the big screens inside Wembley and details are yet to be finalised on the use of advertising hoardings.

What does this mean for future seasons?

Tottenham have the option to expand the Wembley deal to all of their matches for the 2017-18 season while White Hart Lane undergoes the major changes needed for its upgrade.

They would then move back to their traditional home for the 2018-19 campaign.

What about Chelsea?

Chelsea opened talks with Wembley before Tottenham but they are a step behind in their redevelopment plans.

Chelsea, who have to move out of Stamford Bridge for three years and have had contingency discussions with the Olympic Stadium and Twickenham, thought Spurs would use Wembley for only one season.

The Blues’ timeline for expanding their ground to a 60,000-seat capacity would involve them moving out for three years likely starting in 2017-18.

They are not keen on sharing with Spurs given supporters’ dislike for their London rivals.

Hasn’t this happened before?

Yes. Tottenham’s old rivals Arsenal held their Champions League games at Wembley during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons as Highbury’s capacity was limited by the need for new advertising hoardings.

At the time, the FA warned that the go-ahead had only been given on a one-off basis. More than 6,000 season-ticket holders would have had to be relocated as part of UEFA’s rules had Arsenal played their matches at Highbury.

They played six matches at the national stadium with crowds of over 70,000 at each. Arsenal won twice, drew once and lost three times.

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