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Seven-year-old from Northampton gets Barca trial

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A seven-year-old
from Northampton saw his holiday in Spain become a football dream when he was
offered a trial with European champions Barcelona.

Kai Fifield
joined in with a group of local kids having a kickaround near Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium while on holiday in the Catalan city with his dad.

But
unbeknown to the youngster, the match was being watched by Barcelona scouts
looking to recruit new talent for the club's famous youth academy.

The scouts
approached Kai's dad Delaney and asked him if his son could come along to an
official trial at the 100,000-seater stadium the day after - an offer which threw up a
problem, since the two were due to fly back to England the following day.

"I
explained we were leaving tomorrow but they were persistent," Delaney explained.
"So we cancelled the flights and I took him back!"

Kai's trial
on one of Barcelona's first-team training pitches went well, with a coach
describing the lad's performance as "very, very good".

The coaches
will deliver their final verdict over the next weeks, however, with Kai in line
to be offered a place at the academy as of September if he is deemed good
enough.

"I
would pack our bags and move there tomorrow if they asked," confirmed
Delaney.

"Every
father would say this, but he is a fantastic player. He is small but very
quick, has great passing and is unselfish.

"You
don't get a chance like this every day and it has come our way by complete
chance."

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