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Usain Bolt clarifies timeline for Borussia Dortmund training

Usain Bolt

** Caption addition 9.63 relays to Olympic 100m record Sprinter Usain Bolt poses for pictures with a Manchester United shirt with the Olympic record 100m time, prior to Manchester United’s English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


Usain Bolt still has designs on training with German soccer team Borussia Dortmund, but he said Monday that it won’t be happening any time soon.

“Puma boss decided that he could get me just some training time with Borussia Dortmund at the end of next season,” Bolt said at a press conference ahead of the Monday night premiere of his film, “I am Bolt,” in London. “He asked me if I wanted to do it. I was like why not. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to try to see if I was any good at. So at the end of the season, next season, I’ll go out there and do a little training to see if it would be worthy.”

What’s still unclear from that press conference clip is if Bolt meant at the end of the next track season (August/September 2017) or the end of the next European soccer season (spring 2018).

Bolt has long said he desires to play professional soccer, with most of his comments about his favorite Premier League club, Manchester United.

Bolt, who isn’t expected to race on the track again until February, and Dortmund already have a tie-in with apparel sponsor Puma.

In the past, Bolt has been linked to Jamaica’s national team, played with Sergio Aguero and erroneously reported to be suiting up in a special Manchester United match.

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