Real Madrid looking at 11-year-old from Northern Ireland

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Real Madrid is a global brand and is known in the football world as a club that purchases the biggest superstars of the sport to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, an unlikely name could well follow the footsteps of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo - to name just two legendary Galacticos.

Mark Norris.. Remember the name.

The 11-year-old boy from County Antrim, Northern Ireland has been given the opportunity to impress at Real Madrid after clinching a trial with Los Blancos in May next year, as confirmed by the BBC.


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Norris is currently a member of the Linfield FC academy and a participant in Club NI, the Irish Football Association's player development programme - evidence that the young player has potential and promise.

Keith Norris, Mark's father, has called it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for his son.

He spoke about how the opportunity came up by saying "His mum is Japanese and he was at a Real Madrid summer camp in Japan a couple of years ago and that was the start of a few guys taking a wee note of him".

After being advised to make a video of Mark's footballing ability, the family sent it on and then was offered the chance to be looked at in person.

"To cut a long story short, there is a guy Raul Valbuena who passed it (the video) on to another guy Alvaro Benito - who is an ex-Real Madrid player - who has invited Mark over in May for a week to have a look at him," Keith said.

And Keith is confident his son will not be phased by the opportunity presented to him as he has playing experience where the trials will take place.

But he was quick to point out that Mark is still only 11-years-old and still has a long way to go.

Keith, a Manchester United fan, was asked what if the Red Devils expressed an interest in his child? The answer: "I'm a Manchester United fan so that answers that question".

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