Adebayo Akinfenwa 'eyed for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'

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Adebayo Akinfenwa could appear in the ITV show credit:Bang Showbiz
Adebayo Akinfenwa could appear in the ITV show credit:Bang Showbiz

Adebayo Akinfenwa is in talks to join 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'.

The 40-year-old retired soccer star - who was known as the UK’s heaviest player, at 16 stone - is being eyed by ITV bosses to star in the new series of the long-running reality show.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Ade is in the frame and would be keen on appearing. He was a hardman on the pitch, but is a gent off it.

"He’s also charismatic and funny and knows loads of people in the game."

Akinfenwa appeared for a host of teams during his playing days, including Millwall, AFC Wimbledon and Swansea City. But since retiring, he's focused his attention on his Beast Mode On fashion label.

The soccer star has also pledged to keep himself in tip-top shape, despite hanging up his boots.

Speaking earlier this year, he shared: "I’m a creature of habit. I do 47 minutes on the bike every morning. I try to burn 850 calories before training five days a week. That is my routine and that sets my day. That’s my ‘me time’ to sweat out any tension and I’ll continue to do that.

"I enjoy the gym. No one forces me to go the gym. I’ve got two daughters, and one of them is turning 16 soon, so she may be going into that boyfriend stage, so I’ll be staying in the gym for that as well!"

Akinfenwa also hopes to have inspired other people during his career.

He said: "I am unapologetically myself.

"Being who you are is the most powerful thing that we own as individuals. Some people will say: ‘He’s built like a rugby player, he’s built like a wrestler, I don’t get all the hype around him.’ It’s fine because we’re all entitled to our opinions but I do want people to know that the strongest thing that we own is our mind and if we believe it in ourselves, then we can achieve it."

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