Babbel writes off Bolt's A-League chances


Bolt is now training with the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League but has yet to sign a professional contract with the club.

Usain Bolt has turned down a two-year deal from Maltese champions Valletta FC, as he continues his pursuit to become a professional footballer.

It appears Usain Bolt has all right to be angry about the random drug test, but in Australia, there is legislation that defines athletes as anyone who competes in any professional sports making them eligible for a drug test.

Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel has dubbed Usain Bolt's foray into football a PR stunt and says the Jamaican would not be good enough even if he played for 100 years.

But Bolt's agent has now confirmed that his client will not take up the offer of moving to the Maltese capital. "We are regularly approached by clubs from all over the world", his representative, Ricky Simms, said.

"A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible", ESPN quoted Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen as saying.

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The A-League kicks off this weekend with the Mariners taking on the Brisbane Roar.

Reports suggest the Mariners are waiting for governing body Football Federation Australia to decide whether it will contribute to a potential Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) offer to the 100m world record holder.

It said the 32-year-old, who regards Australia as a second home, might consider accepting less money if it means locking in a contract.

Mulvey was spotted talking for a while to Bolt on Thursday, but the coach said he also spoke to several other players. "My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling", he said.

Before joining the Mariners, he trained with German giants Borussia Dortmund, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Stromsgodset in Norway.