The famous Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will not play football for Valletta. The 32-year-old has turned down the Maltese club's offer to sign a two-year contract.
Since August, the eight-time Olympic champion has been on a trial at Australia's Central Coast Mariners. Last week, he scored two goals - his first ones on this level - in a friendly game.
Now Bolt prefers to stay in Australia and prove that he deserves a contract with Mariners. However, the club's officials say that "it's too early to say" whether Usain will sign a professional deal.
Valletta were more concrete in their offer, yet Bolt turned it down, choosing against playing in Malta. Probably he hopes to get a better variant even if a trial at Mariners does not prove to be a success.
"There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football. We regularly receive similar approaches. I can confirm Usain does not wish to pursue this opportunity in Malta," Bolt's agent Ricky Simms said.