A TALENTED Westmeath teenager is hoping he can prove to be the ‘Chosen One’ for Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho’s Inter Milan are choosing one youngster from Britain and Ireland as ‘Football’s Next Star’ as part of a Sky One TV show. The winner will earn a contract with the Serie A champions.
Thousands of young footballers entered the competition to win the chance of a lifetime with Mourinho’s men.
And 16-year-old Connor Smith from Westmeath impressed the tough Inter Milan youth coaches, Marco Monti and Paolo Migliavacca, and has been selected to be part of the final 10 in the competition.
Connor is now one step closer to achieving his dreams of becoming Football’s Next Star after a series of trials.
The final 10 will now fly to Italy where they have a little over a month to prove they have what it takes to make it in Italian football, integrating themselves in with the Inter Milan youth team.
Football legends like Luis Figo and Mourinho himself will offer tips and advice to the final 10 during their stay.
Throughout their journey they will be mentored by former Liverpool, Spurs and England star and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who fronts the Sky show.
The finalists will be put through their paces at Inter Milan’s famous academy, Interello. The Inter coaches will be constantly assessing their skills during the period.
Each week the player who fails to impress Inter coach Marco Monti will be sent home.
Now Connor is hoping he can go the distance and live his football dream.
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