Sprint legend Usain Bolt has 12 trial offers from football clubs, says agent

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Every full-back's worst nightmare is closer to coming true as the fastest man on the planet prepares to take up a new sport after dominating athletics

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt is gearing up to swap his track shoes for football boots, and his agent insists that he has no lack of suitors in the professional game.

Bolt, 30, holds the athletics world record for both the 100- and 200-meter disciplines, the first man ever to do so, and boasts eight Olympics gold medals in individual and relay events. 

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He is also a confirmed football fan, and has long expressed his wish to switch sports once his sprinting career comes to an end. 

And according to his agent, he is already looking for offers as he prepares to retire from athletics at the World Championships in London. 

“Usain is 30 and could still race for another four years and go to the 2020 Olympics but he has achieved everything he needs to achieve,” Ricky Simms told the Daily Star.

“There are a million other opportunities for him and he is ready to move on to the next chapter."

Simms further asserted that while he would begin training at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, the future could see him at one of many clubs that have already registered their interest. 

"Football he has always talked about. If you ask him he will want to play football and because he has said that we have had a dozen clubs who would like him to go for a trial with them," the agent added.

“I don’t want to name names but he will go to Dortmund because the CEO of Puma, who is a good friend of ours, is on the board at Borussia Dortmund. He will go to train with them.

“Can a sprinter who is 30-years-old play in the Bundesliga or the Premier League? Realistically that is a step too far. I think if he had six months or nine months playing and training with a team then he could play at some level whether that is League One or League Two.

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“He would hit me on the head for saying he is not going to play in the Champions League, but I don’t know realistically if he has the motivation at this stage of his life to go training with the reserves on a rainy day in Manchester or Munich or somewhere as he is a wealthy guy and has a great life.

“With football though, in some form you will see him.”

One thing is for certain: no full-back will fancy marking the speed machine if he gets free down the wing!

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