Lewis Hamilton urged to axe Chelsea takeover and stay ‘loyal’ to Arsenal

Former Chelsea winger Paul Canoville has urged Lewis Hamilton to stay 'loyal' to boyhood club Arsenal and end his involvement in the bid to complete a takeover of the Blues.

The seven-time Formula One world champion confirmed at the weekend that he was part of a consortium competing to complete a takeover of Chelsea, alongside tennis superstar Serena Williams.

His position comes despite the fact that he is a boyhood Arsenal fan and stated that it would be a 'dream' to be involved in the takeover of Chelsea, with his involvement coming as part of a consortium led by former Liverpool chairman Sir Michael Broughton.

Broughton's consortium are one of three remaining bidders in the hunt for ownership of last season's European champions, with Roman Abramovich putting the club up for sale following Russia's invasion of Ukraine – which saw him among a number of oligarch's sanctioned for his ties to leader Vladimir Putin.

However Canoville, who won the Second Division with Chelsea in 1984, has issued his verdict on the three remaining bidders in the hunt for the west London side and gave his backed to LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly.

"Lewis is an Arsenal fan and that's a fact. I will always support Lewis in everything he does in F1, he is the greatest driver ever in my opinion. With football though I think he should stay loyal to his own team," he posted on Twitter.

Following on with those views, Canoville said Broughton was looking to get celebrities involved with his consortium for diversity and inclusion programmes at Stamford Bridge but stated Boehly is 'by far the best fit for Chelsea and our fans'.

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The other remaining bidder in the hunt for Chelsea ownership is Stephen Pagliuca, who is co-owner of the Boston Celtics and Serie A outfit Atalanta, and his True Blue consortium involves legendary Chelsea captain John Terry.

The deadline for bids in the Premier League giants passed on April 14th but it has been reported in recent days that developments with a takeover have been delayed amid ongoing redevelopments to the club's Stamford Bridge home.

Chelsea are currently under sanctions from the UK government due to Abramovich's ownership, which has seen a limited attendance for the recent Premier League defeat to Arsenal due to an inability to sell tickets and confirmation that Antonio Rudiger will leave, as the club cannot sign new players or issue new contracts.

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