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Chargers owner confirms plan to move to Los Angeles

The San Diego Chargers are no more and in 2017, they will become the Los Angeles Chargers as Dean Spanos wrote a letter confirming the organisation's commitment to an LA move. Warriors @ Cavaliers

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This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows Antonio Gates  of the San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers Owner Dean Spanos has written an open letter revealing that the San Diego Chargers would be relocating to LA, beginning next season.

In a brief phone interview with ESPN, Spanos said, "I'm looking forward, not backwards.

The offense of the San Diego Chargers in huddle against the Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs v San Diego ChargersThe offense of the San Diego Chargers in huddle against the Kansas City Chiefs

"I spent half my life here. I leave behind a lot of friends and lot of great memories, but life goes on. There are always a lot of changes in life, and we know this is not going to be easy. But we made a decision, we're committed to it, and our family is 100 percent behind it. What's happened has happened."

Open letter

The open letters states: "After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season."

"San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years."

"But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers."

"LA is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community.

A general view of the San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs en route to Chiefs 37-27 win over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs v San Diego ChargersA general view of the San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs en route to Chiefs 37-27 win over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

The Chargers are determined to fight for LA and we are excited to get started.

Two Los Angeles teams in 12 months

The move would mean that after 21 years with no NFL teams, Los Angeles would get its second team in a span of 12 months.

On Wednesday, the NFL announced that the Chargers' option to relocate would be extended until Tuesday.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles a year ago, and they would share their a future stadium in south cental Los Angeles with the Chargers.