Former Real Madrid youngster turns down Bolton deal to join Kettering
Kettering backer Imraan Ladak
Former Real Madrid youngster Jaime Navarro has snubbed the chance of Premier League football to join Kettering Town.
Navarro, 19, enjoyed a successful trial at Bolton Wanderers and boss Owen Coyle offered him a contract. But the ambitious Blue Square Premier outfit made an 11th hour bid for the free agent, who was advised by Cristiano Ronaldo to try his luck in England.
And Navarro has been convinced to join the ambitious Poppies, believing regular first-team football will be better for his development.
Kettering are backed by Asian businessman Imraan Ladak, who has moved the club to the former home of Rushden and Diamonds, Nene Park, and has lofty ambitions to take the club into the Football League.
Navarro's agent Jonathan Hope said: "I am delighted to have agreed terms with Kettering Town. Imraan Ladak has big plans and put an offer on the table that was too good to turn down.
"Jaime will develop further there and I stand by my statement he will play in the Premier League within three years. My sincere thanks go to Cristiano Ronaldo for helping me get this kid here."