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The sprinter’s sponsors, Puma, helped set up a trial at Borussia Dortmund, and while he’s hoping for his spell at the German giants to go well, Bolt told Jack Wilson of the Daily Express of his desire to represent United:
“In March we’re going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.
“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard.
“I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”
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It’s hard to imagine Bolt, who won gold medals in the 100- and 200-metre dash for three successive Olympic Games, is ever that far from fit. Although he’ll require a different kind of stamina for a career in football.
There’s also the obvious question as to how proficient Bolt would be as a professional footballer. Just about any team would like to boast a player of his speed, but it would count for little if he has no footwork to match.
Some might recommend Bolt lower his expectations before he attempts to find his way to the top, but he went on to comment on his friendship with Paul Pogba and why he’s not interested in starting out small:
“Me and Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions. I want to play but it has to be in the top league. I’m not content to be average.
“It’s going to be hard because my career has been so great, but if I could win a Champions League or something, it’ll be close to anything I achieved in athletics.
“But I have to be more than average. It has to be in the top league because we have a lot of teams that have offered us deals, just random clubs. I want to be the best.”
Ferguson, a veteran of the United manager’s seat for 27 years, retired from the club’s helm in 2013 but has served in an ambassadorial position since and may still have some sway at the Theatre of Dreams.
That being said, it would more likely be incumbent manager Jose Mourinho whom Bolt needs to convince if he’s seeking a professional future at the club.
The Jamaican track legend is in search of a new sports venture after retiring from sprinting last year. At the age of 31, he could still have a number of years in the game.
Any club that signs Bolt would at least be likely to see interest spike as a result, but his upcoming trial with Dortmund will provide an indicator as to whether he can actually offer much on the pitch.