Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has firmly cemented his name as a sporting and athletic legend for decades to come.
However, after declaring his retirement post-Rio, many wondered how the 30-year-old would occupy himself given all that free time.
As a well-known Manchester United fan, Bolt has long joked about playing for the club one day, but that dream seems to be inching closer than we and probably he even thought possible.
Training with Dortmund
While it won’t be at his dream club, Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund has confirmed that the Jamaican sprinter will have training sessions with the club in the pre-season.
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed Bolt’s inclusion into their training sessions with Sport Bild, adding that he was informed of the idea by Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden, who is a board member of the football club. Bolt has been signed to Puma since 2002, with his most recent contract worth over US$10 million a year, the largest sponsorship deal in athletics.
“We’ve decided this some time ago,” Watzke said. “Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden, who is a member of our board, has told us that Usain is highly interested in practising with us. For us that’s no problem. Our coach Thomas Tuchel likes the idea as well.”
Views on Manchester United’s form
Additionally, Bolt has been in the media lately speaking more about the prospects of him entering the football world full-time, for one club in particular.
While speaking to The Guardian, Bolt said, “For me, if I could get to play for Manchester United, that would be like a dream come true. Yes, that would be epic.”
When quizzed about what he thought of the current state of United, Bolt told ESPN FC that he has faith in his club and he wasn’t too worried.
If he had a choice on the formation, however, he’d prefer deploying a classic 4-4-2 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic paired with Marcus Rashford up top.
“Then you could play Mkhitaryan and then you can actually push Pogba up the field so he can play a more attacking role,” Bolt said on ESPN FC.