Bayer Leverkusen‘s Jamaican winger Leon Bailey sees no reason why his compatriot Usain Bolt cannot make it as a professional footballer.

The eight-time Olympic champion has made no secret of his desire to become a professional footballer and recently trained with Borussia Dortmund during the international break. Bailey is close friends with Bolt, and offered his encouragement after notching his sixth assist of the season to help Leverkusen to a 4-1 win away to RB Leipzig on Monday evening.

Speaking exclusively to bundesliga.com, the 20-year-old said: “I spoke to him and he said that it was good. He enjoyed the training, but, of course, he was unfit. It was more about having someone there to help him. He wants to do whatever it takes to become a pro – he really wants to make it happen. You never know what the future brings. He’s a champion and became one as his coaches taught him well. If that happens again, I don’t see why not.”

Watch: Bailey on Bolt’s chances of going pro

Bolt himself was satisfied with his performance in Dortmund training, although he did admit there was room for improvement.

“I think overall I will give myself probably a seven out of ten,” the 31-year-old said. “I think I was okay. I did well, it just takes practice now. To put in more work and get fit.

“I wanted to play my best. I wanted to move and give the guys options and I tried my best. I’m really trying to make it professionally, so I have to play at a high level.”

Watch: Bolt’s fine headed goal during training with Dortmund

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