- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2006

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Freddy Adu is returning home to the United States after a two-week trial with Manchester United.

The Ghanaian-born attacking midfielder trained with players from the club’s youth academy, and Red Devils manager Alex Ferguson said he would consider looking again at the promising 17-year-old.

“I can’t do anything with him because he’s not 18,” Ferguson said.

Under FIFA transfer rules, Adu, who plays for D.C. United, is not allowed to transfer to a club outside the United States until he turns 18 on June 2, 2007.

“To go to one of the world’s biggest clubs and get a chance to train is an honor and a privilege,” Adu told the Sun newspaper earlier this week. “But even if I play well, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll sign me.”

Chelsea has expressed interest in possibly signing Adu at some point.

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