Yes, you read that right!
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will train with Borussia Dortmund. He won’t play for Borussia Dortmund, but he’s a big football fan and will get the chance to train with the team.
Watzke has confirmed the news, here are the relevant quotes as translated by ESPNFC.
"We've decided this some time ago. Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden, who is a 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 preseason. We are delighted and take this as an honour."
It makes sense that this is being set up by Puma, who sponsor both BVB and Bolt. It’s an eye-catching headline, and some people might actually believe Bolt has a chance to play for an elite team like Dortmund, but we’re not this desperate for players.
Obviously Bolt is fast, and apparently he’s not bad at football either. He’ll be able to hold his own in a preseason training session. Tottenham did something similar to this when Steve Nash trained with the club a few weeks ago. Now again, clearly Spurs aren’t going to go out and sign Steve Nash. It’s just a bit of marketing-friendly fun.
This may be the only time in his life that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trains with someone who is faster than he is.