Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has said it would be a “dream” to be part of the takeover at Chelsea following his backing of Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy the club.
Hamilton, who is a seven-time Formula 1 world champion has pledged to invest into the bid.
Also, 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams has indicated interest to invest in Sir Broughton’s takeover bid.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the world,” said Hamilton.
“When I heard about the opportunity, I was like wow, this is a great opportunity to be part of something so great.
“Sir Martin took time to speak to me on the phone and explain to me his and his team’s goals if they were to win the bid, which was incredibly exciting and very much aligned with my values.”
Asked about Williams’ interests, Hamilton added: “We spoke about it. I told her I was going to be involved and she was happy to join.”
The Broughton consortium includes World Athletics president and Chelsea fan Lord Coe. He is one of three groups in the running to buy Chelsea for £2.5billion.
Chelsea has been operating under a special licence issued by the UK government since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned for his alleged links to Russian president Vladimir Putin, as a result if the invasion of Ukraine.
“I have been a football fan since I was a kid. I played in the school team every year in my childhood and I have been to numerous games,” Hamilton further stated.
“When I was young, I wanted to fit in and all the kids supported different teams. I remember switching between teams and my sister punching me and saying you have to support Arsenal, so then I became a supporter of Arsenal.
“But my uncle Terry is a big Blues fan and I have been to so many games with him to watch Arsenal and Chelsea play.
“I wanted to be the best player I could be and play for a team. I was trying to tryout for Stevenage Borough but I ended up in the racing space. I could only have dreamed of being part of a team – and that for me is the most exciting part.”