Usain Bolt rejects soccer contract from Maltese champions

The eight-time Olympic champion celebrates scoring for Australian A-League soccer club Central Coast Mariners in a preseason match.

(CNN)Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will remain in Australia after turning down the offer of a two-year contract from a soccer club in Malta.

Valletta, the current Maltese Premier League champions, had hoped to lure the 100-meter and 200-meter world record holder to Europe from a trial period with Central Coast Mariners.
But Bolt's agent Ricky Simms told CNN that his client is not interested in the move.
"Usain will not be accepting the offer," said Simms. "There has been a lot of interest in Usain and his football career. We regularly receive these kinds of offers.
    "The difference here is that this offer was received through the media, not confidentially."
    Valletta recently received investment from the Dubai-based Sanban Group, who have vowed to spend their cash in pursuit of a place in the UEFA Champions League.
    They offered Bolt a no-strings-attached deal, according to the Australian Associated Press.