Italian starlet trades football for Harvard

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One of Italian football's most promising players has traded a career in professional football for the chance to study at Harvard University.

Italy U-18 international Alessandro Arlotti, who captained AS Monaco at youth level before joining Serie B side Pescara last year, has put his career as a footballer on hold after being accepted to study at the famous Harvard University in the United States.

The French-born winger confirmed his decision to enrol with the prestigious institution on his social media pages and announced that he had already moved to the US.

Arlotti will not be hanging up his boots altogether though, as the Daily Star report that the promising youngster will represent Harvard Crimson in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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