Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will train with the club.
There had been some speculation in the past as to whether the Jamaican would make concrete arrangements towards realizing his dream to try out a career in soccer, these series of events indicates he fancies his chances.
The Borussia Dortmund Chief has reiterated that it is ‘no joke’ and ‘not a marketing move’.
Dortmund and Bolt are both sponsored by the German-based sports goods company Puma, whose president contacted Dortmund to say that Bolt had asked about training with the team.
Watzke has welcomed the idea and admits coach Thomas Tuchel is also keen on bringing the fastest man in the world to the club for a training session.
Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden who is 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.”
“Of course he won’t visit us in an important week with Champions League matches, but maybe in the pre-season. We are delighted and take this as an honour.”
Asked if Bolt could have a future in Dortmund, Watzke replied:
“We don’t even need to talk about it.”
Bolt has not shied away from his love for football in the past, admitting that it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Manchester United, the club he supports.
In an interview with the Guardian on Saturday, Bolt said:
“We’ve genuinely been talking to people [about a professional career].”
“For me, if I could get to play for Manchester United, that would be like a dream come true. Yes, that would be epic.”
The Jamaican super star is a nine-time Olympic gold medallist having competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 games, winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100m relay in each.