Ex-Premier League star Solano training with U's
FORMER Premier League midfield star Nolberto Solano is training with Colchester United.The Peruvian international - who turned 35 earlier this month - has spent the last four days at the Weston Homes Community Stadium after manager Aidy Boothroyd invited him for a 'trial'.
FORMER Premier League midfield star Nolberto Solano is training with Colchester United.
The Peruvian international - who turned 35 earlier this month - has spent the last four days at the Weston Homes Community Stadium after manager Aidy Boothroyd invited him for a 'trial'.
Solano - nicknamed Nobby - played over 250 times for Newcastle in the Premiership during two spells and has also played for Aston Villa and West Ham. The creative midfielder - famed for his dead ball skills - also has over 100 caps for Peru.
“Nobby is a player that I've got a lot of respect for,” said U's boss Aidy Boothroyd.
“I tried to sign him for Watford but he went off to America because there was more money and it was nicer weather than Hertfordshire!
“He now plays for a team in Peru (Universitario de Deportes) who have just won the championship there and I asked him to come over and see if he's still got what he had and to see if he likes us.
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“It isn't a trial - I wouldn't disrespect somebody of Nobby's calibre to ask him to 'trial' for us - it's more of a relationship.
“It's a little bit of a date at the moment. He's looking at us and I'm looking at him. As is usually the case, you don't get married on a first date, you've got to go out a few times before you make any big decisions.
“Nobby's a good guy, a terrific pro and you don't get a 100 caps for your country if you are not a good player. When he came to Watford he was at a different level to what we had there. I've got a lot of respect for the guy and, if it goes well, there might be something we can do.”