Raheem Sterling ‘convinces’ Nigerian starlet to join Chelsea on trial | Football | Sport

Raheem Sterling played a crucial role in convincing a young Nigerian forward to accept a two-week trial at Chelsea, according to reports. Teenage striker Hafiz Umar Ibrahim will be looking to impress the Blues over the next fortnight in order to earn a contract and join Sterling at Stamford Bridge.

Ibrahim, who plays for Nigerian club Ojodu City, recently bagged 10 goals in six games at the Viareggio Cup to finish as the tournament’s top scorer. He will be on trial at Chelsea for the next two weeks in a bid to realise his dream of becoming a fully professional footballer, according to Ben Jacobs.

It is said that Sterling was involved in convincing Ibrahim to accept the trial, with the England ace speaking directly to him on a video call. The young forward was recently targeted by Bodo/Glimt but the Norwegian side reportedly failed to agree terms despite entering talks last month.

Meanwhile, it has been reported by Soccernet that Ibrahim will be loaned out to Strasbourg if he ends up signing a professional contract at Chelsea. Strasbourg were acquired by Blues owner Todd Boehly in June, with the American billionaire having expressed a desire to build a multi-club network in the interests of youth development.

It remains to be seen if Ibrahim will be able to earn a permanent deal at Chelsea over the coming weeks, with his trial providing a golden opportunity for him to leave a lasting impression. In a recent interview with journalist Lolade Adewuyi, he said that he models his game around Romelu Lukaku by trying to help his team-mates as well as scoring goals.

The news of Sterling’s involvement in getting Ibrahim a trial comes after he reportedly took issue with comments made by former Norwich City chief executive Stuart Webber, who has been widely criticised for suggesting that several black players needed to make their football careers work in order to avoid ‘jail or something else’.

In an interview with The Pink Un, Webber named Jonathan Rowe, Abu Kamara, Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Sterling when talking about his passion for helping young people from underprivileged backgrounds.

According to The Mirror, the players in question were left furious with one even reaching out to Webber personally to ask him to explain himself. He has since apologised to some of the players and their families for any offence caused, but the report adds that he is yet to speak to Sterling.

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