Borussia Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed 9-time Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt will train with the Bundesliga team.
Bolt stated in an interview with The Guardian that he has “genuinely been talking to some people” concerning a switch from athletics to football, with an appearance on the Dortmund training ground mooted.
CEO Watzke has now made it clear that the 30-year-old will indeed join high-profile names such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, although he seems to have little chance of securing a permanent deal.
Watzke told Kicker, “It is not a joke that Bolt will train with us at some point,”
“This decision was made a while ago. Puma chief Bjorn Gulden, who is also part of our board of directors, told me some time ago that Usain had asked him if he could train with us sometime.
“I immediately said that was not a problem and the coach is okay with it as well.
“It will obviously not happen when we have 2 games in 1 week, but probably when things are a bit quieter. The team will like it as well.
Any suggestions that Usain Bolt could soon be walking out at Signal Iduna Park as part of Tuchel’s squad were dismissed by Watzke, however, as they plan to limit the Jamaican legend’s link-up to the training field.
Watzke added “We do not have to talk about us offering him a contract,” “But we feel flattered that he wants to train with us. It is an honour.”
Bolt will go down as one of the all-time great Olympians having won 9 gold medals across 3 Games in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.