Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Friday (22) admitted his interest in joining a consortium intent on acquiring Chelsea. Seven-time Formula 1 world champion confirmed tennis player Serena Williams’ participation in the project.
Despite being a fan of Arsenal, one of the Blues’ biggest rivals, Hamilton described the moment as a “great opportunity” in a press conference at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari track in Imola.
“I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid. I played on the school teams until I was a teenager and on the street corner where I lived. My sister punched me in the arm and said I had to support Arsenal and I was a fan for five or six years, but my uncle Terry was a Blues fan. And I saw a lot of matches with him.Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the world and when I heard about this opportunity I said: ‘Wow, it’s a great opportunity and I’m going to try to seize it.’
On this occasion, Hamilton also confirmed Williams’ participation in the project to try to get Chelsea out of the hands of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
“We’ve talked about it a few times, we have a very close relationship, she’s an athlete and a great woman. She asked me my opinion and I said I wanted to participate and I decided to participate too,” said the Mercedes driver. .
According to the British press, Hamilton and Williams are expected to invest at least £10m each in the London club. The duo will collaborate with businessman Martin Bruton, the former president of British Airways.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Abramovich has suffered several sanctions from EU countries and the UK. And the businessman will leave the leadership of Chelsea and announce that he is selling the English club so as not to harm him due to the sanctions imposed by Western governments.
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