Bakery Jatta is about to complete one of the most inspirational football stories of the year.
The 17-year-old arrived in Germany from Gambia as a refugee in 2015 and in just one year, he’s turned himself into a professional football player standing on the brink of signing a deal with Hamburg SV worth £100,000 per year.
Jatta was one of thousands of Gambians to flee the regime of president Yahya Jammeh, and after spending his early months in Germany between welfare and educational institutions in Rothenburg, he reportedly persuaded Hamburg to give him a trial.
Jatta persuaded Hamburg to give him a trial at the start of the year.
After impressing in training with his pace and crossing ability, it’s reported that Jatta will be offered a professional contract at Hamburg once he turns 18-years-old, in time for the 2016/17 season.
Jatta’s talent was recognised by Hamburg coach Bruno Labaddia, and he’s been training with the first team ever since.
BY COREY PELLATT
Sports Editor at Complex UK.