Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has insisted that plans for a new stadium at Kingsford won’t affect the budget for the playing squad – and admitted they’ve been funding the project for a number of years already.

The Dons were recently granted permission to build the 20,000-seater stadium and are looking to raise £40 million to complete it.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: A general view of Pittodrie Stadium prior to the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Milne claimed that Derek McInnes’ budget is safe as he lauded the growth of the club in recent years as they’ve pushed plans for the stadium forward and impressed on the pitch.

“The fans need to appreciate that we have been having to fund, moving forward this project for the last two or three years,” Milne said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 22: A general view of Pittodrie Stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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“We’ve been able to do that without any funds being diverted from the football operation and in that same period of time we’ve been able to grow substantially the investment into the whole football operation and that is very much our plans going forward.”

The Dons hope to have the first stage completed by the end of the summer and allow the club to move their training operations to the new facility eight miles from Pittodrie.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 18: A general view of the Pittodrie Stadium prior to kick off during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Dundee at Pittodrie Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Pittodrie is long past it’s best and finally getting to a new ground would be huge for the Dons.

Whether Milne can find the money needed to build it while not affecting the playing squad remains to be seen though.

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