Daniel Ayala training with Nantwich Town, being interviewed pitch side

Former Liverpool and Middlesbrough star Daniel Ayala has been training with Nantwich Town’s youth players  at the club’s Weaver Stadium, writes Sam McGarrigle.

Ayala was at Nantwich Town as a free agent this week ensuring he is fit and free from injury for the start of the season.

The former Premier League defender is hoping to play for a club in the EFL when the delayed new starts in mid September.

He was taking part in training drills and having a kick about with U16s youth star Radcliffe.

The 29-year-old Spanish star was in the area because his physio lives locally and Alex was chosen to be his training partner.

Sky Sports News paid a trip down Waterlode to interview Ayala and see where he was training.

Ayala, who is expected to sign a new contract with a football league club, acknowledged how much of a role “grass roots” football plays in the the football pyramid.

And he praised Nantwich Town and all at the Weaver Stadium for allowing him to train at their facility.

As for Alex – he was thrilled to be training alongside a top professional footballer and enjoyed the session.

Ayala spent four years at Anfield, signing in 2007 as a youth player before leaving in 2011 to join Norwich City.

He also played on loan at Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Hull City before signing for Middlesborough in 2014 where he played for six years, making 176 appearances and scoring 18 goals.

Daniel Ayala at nantwich town weaver stadium interviewed by Sky

Daniel Ayala at Nantwich Town’s Weaver stadium being interviewed by Sky Sports

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