Soccer teen in last five for a place at Inter Milan
PUBLISHED: 11:23 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010
A TEENAGE football sensation is down to the last five stars bidding to play against Inter Milan s youth team and the chance to win a club contract.
A TEENAGE football sensation is down to the last five stars bidding to play against Inter Milan's youth team and the chance to win a club contract.
Managed by Jose Mourinho's Italian champions, Ben Greenhalgh, 17, from Chislehurst, is just 10 days away from achieving his dream of playing for one of the world's top clubs.
The winner of SKY1 HD's Football's Next Star is set to be announced on Sunday, February 14.
This weekend the show will see two dropped as youth coach Marco Monti has the difficult decision of choosing who will progress to the final show.
The Welling United midfielder said: "It's really exciting. I have always wanted to be a footballer. I started playing at the age of four but only started to take it seriously from the age of 15. My family are all really proud of me but are taking it one step at a time."
If he progress to the final three, Ben will have another intensive week of training, culminating in a crucial match between Inter's top youth players and an Italian language test to help the coach reach his verdict.
During the show, which saw 10 travel to Italy, they have received top tips from football legends like Luis Figo, Patrick Vieira and Jose Mourinho himself.
They have been mentored by former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspurs and England star Jamie Redknapp.
The finalists have been put through their paces at Inter Milan's world-famous academy Interello where coaches have constantly assessed their skills, scrutinising every pass, tackle and goal.
Each week one player has been shown the red card with just one position with the youth squad available.
Relatives of the final three boys will arrive to cheer them on and mentor Jamie Redknapp pushes them in the ultimate test, to win a professional contract with Inter Milan.
The next episode will be shown on SKY1 HD this Sunday at 8pm with the final a week later.