Olympic champion Usain Bolt is set to train with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund as he “genuinely” considers a career in football post-athletics.
Winner of nine Olympic gold medals following his three victories in Rio de Janeiro, sprint king Bolt is a high-profile Manchester United fan and he has made no secret of his love for football.
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt, who has often said he dreams of becoming a professional footballer, will spend a few days training with Borussia Dortmund, the German club confirmed Sunday.
“It’s not a joke, it’s not a marketing stunt,” the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany’s Kicker online on Sunday. “It has been decided for some time,” he said, adding that the idea had been mentioned by sportswear maker Puma, a corporate partner of both the team and Bolt
No date had been set yet for when Bolt would join the training, Watzke said. He dismissed the idea of Bolt actually joining the team as a professional footballer, telling Kicker that “this is something we don’t need to talk about.
” Bolt has often stated his dream of playing football, preferably for Manchester United, Said that joining the Premier League powerhouse indeed “would be epic.”
Bolt welcomed Mourinho’s appointment as a replacement for Louis van Gaal ahead of the 2016-17 season, while talking up his chances of a move to Old Trafford.
“I haven’t got the call yet, but I know it’s coming, I think he’s waiting until after the Olympics,” Bolt said in July.
“For me I’m happy. I think it was a good choice, Mourinho is a winner, he works hard to win titles and that’s what Manchester United need right now.
“He’s building a squad and I’m looking forward to seeing much bigger players, so I’m excited about that.”