Santos' desire for Pele to play in the Club World Cup moved one step closer to becoming a reality, as the Brazil legend has reportedly agreed to train in advance of the tournament and will be registered if he wants to participate.
Representatives of the Brasileirao club have publicly expressed that they want the 70-year-old to feature in the competition in Japan, but Pele has been reluctant to accept the invitation.
However, the former New York Cosmos star may have had a change of heart as the international fixtures get closer.
"Pele was positive and promised to train to get fit and participate for a few minutes, if possible," Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro told Radio Globo.
I have talked to [coach] Muricy [Ramalho]. Now the only stumbling block is Pele. He would be registered with the number 10 shirt," the executive continued.
Pele twice lifted the Club World Cup under its former guise of the Intercontinental Cup, leading his legendary Santos team to victory in 1962 and 1963.