GLASGOW: Scottish First Division club Clyde are considering a loan signing of Italian teenager Diego Maradona Junior, the son of Argentina's 1986 World Cup winner.
Clyde manager Alan Kernaghan told the club's website: “There's a lot to consider and the club are currently thinking it over. We would have to see what financial benefits come with it, and what commitments Clyde have to maintain.”
The 16-year-old is currently in the youth ranks of Italian Second Division club Napoli, who his father helped to their first and only Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, along with the 1989 UEFA Cup.
The possible loan move, which the club said would enable the player to develop away from the intense media attention surrounding him in Italy, is the idea of a television company which aims to make a documentary about the teenager.
“This is surely an exciting opportunity for Clyde FC, which would open up countless possibilities off the park and could change the club massively,” the Scottish club said in a statement yesterday.
Maradona senior originally denied being the boy's father but was formally recognised as such by an Italian court and ordered to pay maintenance to his mother, Cristiana Sinagra, in a 1992 ruling.
Clyde are fourth in Divison One, 11 points behind leaders Falkirk. – Reuters