Bolt nervous about football trial


January 08, 2018
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (left) plays a mini football match against Argentina international Dario Benedetto during a promotional event in Mexico City in 2015.
Usain Bolt posing with a Manchester United jersey showing his 100m world record during a visit to Old Trafford in 2012.

Retired Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is clinging to his ambition of playing professional football and will in a few weeks take part in a trial with German club, Borussia Dortmund.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder in the 100m and 200m, hung up his spikes after last year's World Championships in London where he suffered a hamstring injury while competing in the 4x100m sprint relay - this after finishing third in the 100m final.

A long-time Manchester United fan, the now recovered Bolt has made no secret of his dream to play top level football and it seems he will get his shot at the popular German outfit.

"In March we're going to do 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," said Bolt, who admitted to feeling jittery about the upcoming exercise.

"It makes me nervous. I don't get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It'll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I'll get used to it. It was the same when I started track and field," said Bolt. "I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place."

"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," Bolt shared.

Bolt and Borussia Dortmund share a kit sponsor in PUMA.

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