10-Year-Old Becomes First Girl To Be Signed To Italian Football Giants AC Milan

22/08/2012 22:53 | Updated 22 May 2015
Ten-year-old becomes first girl to be signed up by Italian football giants AC MilanSWNS

A ten-year-old girl has realised a dream that every little BOY dreams of – after she was snapped up by one of the world's biggest football clubs.

Aisha Saini was playing a friendly game of football while on holiday with her family in Spain - but what she didn't realise that scouts from Italian super club AC Milan had their beady eyes on her, and a few days later, approached her family to ask permission to sign her up.

Aisha was taking part in what she thought was a sports tournament to keep her occupied in the resort of La Manga. But it was all a ruse for scouts to spot talent.

Now Aisha will join a handful of selected youngsters from similar summer camps across the continent to take part in the Italian giant's European academy annual tournament.

Aisha will also become the first girl to play in the tournament in October.

Her dad, Michael, 44, a roofing business owner, said: "We are so proud of her. We just enrolled her to keep her busy because we thought she might be bored. I couldn't believe it when it turned out scouts from Milan were watching.

Ten-year-old becomes first girl to be signed up by Italian football giants AC MilanSWNS

"The scouts said they have never asked a girl to join their academy before but they saw her play and knew immediately she would be able to hold her own among a load of boys."

Aisha said: "I didn't know the coaches were watching me until they told us after the final training session."

AC Milan academy's head coach Daniele Paccagnan spotted the skills Aisha has honed while playing for her youth club in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire.

He said: "We were amazed how strong she was. More importantly, she has excellent control and technique, and her attitude during practice was fantastic."
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