The father of an 11-year-old boy has refused to be drawn on whether he may move to Spain if the child is granted a place with a Real Madrid youth squad.
Keith Norris, father of Mark, was asked yesterday what he feels the chances are of the football-mad youngster being kept on following news that he is to be given a week-long trial with the major European club next May.
He said: “It’s a very big question... We’ll cross that bridge if we have to – you can’t make plans.”
Asked how he may cope with the language barrier, Keith said that his son – who speaks fluent Japanese, which is his mother’s native language – is also studying Spanish in school, and has picked up “a wee bit of Spanish” thanks to family holidays.
Mr Norris – a 47-year-old from Whitehead, who owns East Antrim Motor Factors and also serves as commercial director for Irish League Premiership club Carrick Rangers – said that Linfield Academy midfielder Keith either trains or plays for eight hours per week, and sees a strength-and-conditioning coach too.
Despite “a lot of media hype” about the opportunity with Real Madrid, he said he had to bear “reality” in mind too.
“No-one can predict the future,” he said.