Buckley claims deal with Man Utd legends


Delron Buckley has reportedly struck a deal with some of Manchester United's Class of '92 to help South Africa develop top future stars.

Buckley, who owns a football academy in Durban, says he has struck a deal with influential former players at the Premier League giants aimed at giving more young players in South Africa world-class development.

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"So we've joined the Manchester United Class of '92, which is Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt for two years and we've been sponsored with an amount of R5-million," Buckley tells KickOff.com.

"We've been given funding from another company to take kids from South Africa to Manchester United, obviously for trials, training, and the whole package basically.

"It all came about when I visited Quinton Fortune because he's a coach there with the under-23s. We [Buckley's company] put a little package together for the Class of '92 and I explained what I'm doing in South Africa.

"Because our local kids don't get the opportunities, and when I look at kids overseas and how they are doing and the sort of back-up they have, I realised our country needed the same and that's how we got to work with them."

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The former Bafana Bafana star says they were supposed to take some kids over to England in the near future but due to COVID-19, this has been put on hold for now.

Buckley reiterates that while the relationship is not with Manchester United, but rather with some of the United legends of '92, the opportunity is still huge for the youngsters coming through his academy to be scouted in England.

"We were supposed to send some players now but because of the coronavirus we couldn't do much. But as soon as it's over we are going to be able to send our first players over," he explains.

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Buckley, who spent most of his playing career in the German Bundesliga, reveals he is also in discussions to get more partners all over the world and is in talks with his former club Borussia Dortmund to forge a similar relationship.

"We are in communication with Borussia Dortmund," he confirms.

"We haven't partnered with them as yet but they do want to meet with us. When the Bundesliga was here we had a chat with the people from there but at the moment we are working with Manchester United."

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