Usain Bolt relishes the prospect of playing professional football and with the help of his sponsors – Puma, the Jamaican has taken a major leap in realising his huge dreams.
Bolt, a decorated eight-time Olympic gold medallist, first trained with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday, and will continue with his trial at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.
Ahead of his trial with the Bundesliga giants, Bolt 31, told espn.co.uk: “That will determine for me, personally, if I continue or if I say, ‘You know what? I’m probably not good enough’. It’s what happens in the next two days.”
Bolt, retired from track and field last year, but the 100-meter and 200-meter world record holder is still very athletic and will feature in the Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford in June.
Bolt a renowned Manchester United fan, also revealed he has asked Jose Mourinho to sign him at the club.
“I’ve definitely asked him for a spot on the team, but as I said, I just want to wait until after the trials to really push and to really pressure,” said Bolt. “It’s something I said to him, and he said, ‘If you’re serious, we’ll see what happens,’ so let’s see what happens.”
“I’m fast, so it’s definitely kind of all about using my speed. It’s something that I’ve used over the years, actually playing with my friends and stuff, so it’s something that I’m just looking forward to.”
Bolt’s major ambition is to play for Manchester United, but he’s already nervous starting up another.
“It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it. It was the same when I started track and field.
“I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place.
“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard. I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”
Bolt, who won 11 World Championship gold medals in a glittering sprinting career, indicated he has sought advice from Paul Pogba over a potential football career.
“I do think I have a chance,” Bolt added. “I watch a lot of football, I understand it, I play it. With training, I could be good.
“Me and Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions. I want to play but it has to be in the top league. I’m not content to be average.
“It’s going to be hard because my career has been so great but if I could win a Champions League or something, it’ll be close to anything I achieved in athletics.
“But I have to be more than average. It has to be in the top league because we have a lot of teams that have offered us deals, just random clubs. I want to be the best.
“I personally want to play on the wing but I know, listening to everybody and talking to footballers, that I will be put up top.
“I strive to be the best and if I get a chance to play for a team like Manchester United it will be a massive deal. I don’t miss the sprint training. I miss the competition, and getting out on the track in front of the crowd, but not the training.
“I will definitely want to get up and go train and be excited just to play at Old Trafford.”