Lewis Hamilton distances himself from Roman Abramovich in Chelsea update

Lewis Hamilton has distanced himself from outgoing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after confirming his position in a consortium looking to takeover the Premier League side.

Abramovich has placed the Champions League winners up for sale having been sanctioned by the government and the European Union following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Three parties are remaining in the push to complete a takeover of the west London side, with Hamilton part of a consortium being led by former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton.

Chelsea's season has understandably been overshadowed by Abramovich's links to the Vladimir Putin regime, with the club itself handed restrictions by the government.

The Premier League clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in midweek had an attendance of just 32,000 as the club were unable to sell additional tickets beyond those secured to season ticket holders.

Chelsea are also unable to issue new contracts to their players, leaving the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen poised for an exit, but those restrictions are expected to be lifted when a takeover is completed.

Naturally, the aim is for a deal to be completed sooner rather than later, particularly with the summer transfer window on the horizon, but criticism towards Abramovich continues.

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Hamilton distanced himself from the Russian oligarch after confirming his position in the consortium, though he praised the club's 'diverse and progressive' work.

"It's all about the community. That's what really makes a football team, the people in and around it. They've been quite leading in their work, becoming more diverse and progressive.

"It's not that we're associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue the work they've already done, having more of an impact and engaging more with the community."

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