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Monday, July 12, 2004

Diego Maradona jnr in UK for a Soccer Test....

BLACKBURN are set to snap up Diego Maradona - SON of the Argentine legend who is fighting booze and drugs problems.

Maradona junior will arrive at Ewood Park this week for a trial in front of Rovers manager Graeme Souness with a view to switching from his Italian club Napoli.

But the 17-year-old says he is desperate to emulate his soccer heroes David Beckham and Alessandro Del Piero - not his father who has been in intensive care with heart problems.
If Maradona Jr proves a hit he will join Rovers' highly-rated youth academy as he tries to make his name in the game as an attacking midfielder.

Rovers have kept the deal under wraps because of the attention the youngster attracts on account of his famous dad. Sources in Italy have revealed Blackburn have been using a codename for the player in an attempt to shield him from the spotlight.

The teenager, a product of Maradona's fling with Italian Cristiana Sinagra, was due to land in England yesterday but his trip was delayed after he picked up an injury in training.

Diego jnr was ignored by his father because of a legal battle with his mother that ended in tests that proved the footballer was his dad. Maradona jnr admits he'll never emulate his father's success. He said: "Is the name a problem? Only in as much as I feel I have to work twice as hard as my team-mates. "My dream is to be a professional footballer."

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