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Slumdog Striker Rajib Roy : From Red light district of Kolkata to train with Manchester United

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The teenage son of a s*x-worker who grew up in the slums of one of India's largest cities has been chosen to train with Manchester United. Rajib Roy, who shares a single room with his mother and brother in the red light district of Kolkata, West Bengal, is set to play football at Old Trafford after being spotted by talent scouts. The 16-year-old is one of 11 teens arriving in the UK this weekend to spend two weeks training with Manchester United's coaches. The talented teenager caught the eye of talent scouts from the famous England club at a national tournament for India's best young players. Most of the other boys travelling to Manchester this weekend are from well-off families and have the advantage of good schooling and fluency in English. Rajib on the other hand, has grown up playing barefoot in the squalid streets of Kolkata where he lives in the heart of the largest red light area in Asia. The Sonagachi suburb is home to 12,000 s*x workers and he shares a tiny single room with his mother Rekha and younger brother. Their cramped apartment also has a poster of Chelsea's Oscar who Rajeeb idolises because, like him, he comes from a background of poverty in Brazil. Like most boys in his neighbourhood Rajib has no idea who his father is, and he describes the moment he heard Manchester United had picked him as 'like a father's recognition.' Many of his friends have fallen prey to drugs and petty crime but Rajib has some prospects thanks to his natural footballing abilities. His life changed two years ago when his mother sent him to the local Rahul Vidya Niketan school for the children of pr*stitutes. It was set up by the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee whose aim is to improve the lives of s*x workers and their families. Four years ago DMSC founder Dr Samarjit Jana set up a football initiative at the school, believing that sport was the best way to integrate them into mainstream society. Earlier this year striker Rajib was part of the West Bengal team to win the National Slum Soccer Tournament in Nagpur. Last month he and 30 others from the DMSC were selected to take part in a nationwide school football championship in Goa. Coaches from Manchester United were watching and they chose 11 boys who will fly to Britain and Old Trafford on Sunday. Among other things they will get a free tour of the world-famous stadium which normally costs £20 - the monthly income of Rajib's family. Rajib said: 'People keep asking me how it feels to be my mother's son and then achieve something like this. 'I don't know how to answer that question. 'But when my coach told me I had been selected by Manchester United it was like a father's recognition.' He added: 'My mother is a very shy person. She would lock me in my room after lunch so that I could take a nap, but I would quietly sneak out to play with my friends. 'Last month I was selected along with 30 others to participate in a camp in Goa through a nationwide school championship competition. 'I arrived late because I took a train from Kolkata. Everybody else took a flight. The teen admits he often spent the little money his mother gives him to buy lunch on watching football tournaments elsewhere in the city. Dr. Jana said: 'Rajib's dream is to build career in football. He wants to play in the English Premier league and his favorite team is Manchester United. 'One of his other goals is to help his nine year-old brother get into an English medium school so he can develop a better academic career.' Dr. Jana added: 'We started a football academy on a very small scale four years ago. 'It provides training for children of marginalised communities such as s*x workers and construction workers. 'Out of 11 boys selected from this eastern part of India by Manchester United two of them are from our community. 'There are five million s*x workers in India and we are just providing a minority of them, and their families, with a chance. 'This shows that if you give them the opp...