Peter Stoger: Usain Bolt talented, but he has work to do

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Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger said Usain Bolt probably isn’t ready to become a professional footballer just yet.

Bolt, who won eight Olympic gold medals before retiring last year, trained with the Bundesliga giants on Friday.

While Stoger had some praise for the legendary sprinter’s footballing abilities, he admitted the Jamaican was not ready for the top level.

“It’s all about procedure and movement, but the most important thing is that he had fun,” Stoger said.

“I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do. What’s he’s missing is the team work.

“The physique he needs for his other sport is completely different from what he needs for football, but it was really fun for us.

“It was a pleasure for us to meet a guy like him and to work with him.”

Bolt scored a header and a penalty during the training session, and looked very quick on the pitch, to the surprise of no one.

“It was good,” he said. “I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming.

“I’ve talked to the club and I told them that I’m really serious about this. They said I should come back for a longer period, do some more training and then they can assess me and tell me what level I can play at.”