Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has reiterated his desire to play football in the Premier League, just days after claiming the 100m gold medal for a second time at the Olympic Games.
The 25-year-old clocked a time of 9.63 in London on Sunday night, beating training partner Yohan Blake and American comeback-kid Justin Gatlin to regain the title he claimed in Beijing in 2008.
He starts his bid for 200m glory today, but Bolt’s mind appears to be elsewhere, with the Trelawny-born sprinter eager for an opportunity to impress Sir Alex Ferguson on trial at Manchester United.
“People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say No,” he told The Sun.
“I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. I would be the fastest player in the team — but I can play as well.”
Bolt went a step further, urging Ferguson to make the call over the next few days if he wants the 100m and 200m World Record holder to make the trip to the Carrington training ground.
“I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am.”
A spokesman for Manchester United made the unexpected move of commenting on Bolt’s remarks, admitting the obvious to the same paper without revealing whether an offer would be made.
“As the fastest man on Earth he would undoubtedly add speed to the team,” said the spokesman.
And, in another twist, Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand has Tweeted the runner claiming he’d speak to manager Ferguson if Bolt is serious about getting a trial with the club.
Bolt has featured in Ferdinand’s online No.5 magazine in the past, and could have found a friend at United if he’s serious about transferring from the track to the pitch.
The England defender wrote on Twitter: “@usainbolt if you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m, waiting for you to smash the 200m now!”
Bolt took little time to replying, saying: “After the Olympics we work on that...lol..thanks man @rioferdy5.”
Bolt has spent time with the club in the past, enjoying a day at training in 2009 whilst in Manchester for the City Games.
Whether Ferguson is willing to take a gamble on the player remains to be seen, but the athletics star would certainly add market value to a club already regarded as the most popular in the world.
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