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Andre in for long haul

Everton boss David Moyes has been impressed by Andre Villas-Boas and can see the Portuguese coach having a lengthy stint in charge of Chelsea.

Villas-Boas was appointed as Blues manager this summer after guiding Porto to three major trophies last season, and the London outfit have been defeated only once in 10 games in all competitions so far this term, taking 16 points from their opening seven Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck last week declared the club may finally have found their Alex Ferguson figure in Villas-Boas, who he claimed could end up staying with them for 15 years, and Moyes also feels the 33-year-old could be at the helm at Stamford Bridge for the long term.

Asked if he thought Villas-Boas had adapted well to the English top-flight, Moyes said: "I do. He is a student of the game.

"He got the job at Porto and made it look easy, but that is because he has worked very hard.

"It is a big thing that we are all trying to get more young players in, and I think it is going to be the same with young managers.

"I think clubs are now looking for stability -- like I hope we have had at Everton -- and they want managers who can have longevity. I think the Chelsea manager certainly could do that, because he is only about half my age! He is doing great."

Moyes, whose team travel to Chelsea for today's early-evening kick-off, believes the Blues are a better side under Villas-Boas than in the previous campaign.

"From what I've seen, Chelsea are a better team this year," Moyes said.

"I think a lot of people have written Chelsea off a bit -- all the focus at the moment is on Manchester United and Manchester City, but I see a fresher-looking, younger team coming up at Chelsea.

"I think they will go close to the Premier League (title)."

Everton have a good record of late at Stamford Bridge, coming away with a point from each of their last five league visits -- something Moyes feels will boost his side for this evening's contest.

"I think you go into it with that positive attitude, thinking we have been here before and done it and that we don't feel out of place," Moyes said.

"But you have to remember that the games have usually been incredibly tight, and it is not as if we have ever run away with it."

Meanwhile, Blues chairman Buck has insisted owner Roman Abramovich does not stand to gain financially from any possible stadium move.

The American also stated the club has not yet started negotiations over any potential sites for a new ground.

The Blues last week made an offer to buy back the parts of Stamford Bridge sold to supporters in the 1990s in what has been seen as a precursor to a move to a new 60,000-seater ground.

The Stamford Bridge pitch and stands belong to a company called Chelsea Pitch Owners, most of whose shareholders are fans and which was formed in 1993 to prevent the stadium falling into the hands of property developers.

"To build a new stadium of 55,000 to 60,000 seats would cost in the region of £450million, which with the land, would total maybe £500m to £550m," Buck said.

"The profit on the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge would be maybe a third of that amount, and money from other sources, such as Mr Abramovich and banks, would be needed to move to another location.

"The profits would be an important component of the funds should we need them so it would not be possible to do it without taking that redevelopment money.

"There is no possibility for Mr Abramovich to make any money."

He added: "I don't know how much money Mr Abramovich has.

"He has invested £800m into this club, and no matter how much he has he must notice he has invested £800m. A figure of £500m for a new stadium is a lot of money no matter who you are, and the decision has been made that we're not going to move to another stadium unless we can take the proceeds of a redevelopment of Stamford Bridge towards it."

Buck claimed the views of Chelsea fans would be taken into account.

"You have to respect the fact that Mr Abramovich is a Chelsea fan and it would not make sense to move the stadium to somewhere that was not to the satisfaction of the bulk of Chelsea fans," he said.

Buck confirmed the club would allow fans opposed to the proposal to hand out leaflets at the Everton game.