Celtic’s summer signing Jeremie Frimpong has admitted that despite living the majority of his life in England, he still considers himself as Dutch.
The right-back was born in Holland and lived there until he was seven years old, before moving to Manchester.
Frimpong is one of the success stories from Manchester City’s Academy and made the move to Celtic in an effort to get more senior game time.
He has represented the Netherlands at Under-19 level. As quoted on InsideFutbol, he said:
We all moved to England when I was seven and I’ve always stayed in Manchester, so I’ve spent most of my life in the UK. I don’t consider myself English, though, I’m still Dutch.
I still have family back home in Amsterdam so we’ll go and visit them from time-to-time. My mum’s from Ghana and I speak a Ghanian language called Twi, fluently.
I speak that, English and a little bit of Dutch. I have family in Ghana but I’ve only been over to visit them once when I was really young, so I can’t really remember what it was like.
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Frimpong is deeply connected to his roots and it is clear to see that he has an emotional attachment to the country of his birth.
One thing is sure, England will be hugely disappointed at not convincing him to represent them at an international level because he’s on course to go on to be one of the best players in his position.
He’s already made one senior Celtic appearance, where he was named as the Man of the Match so the signs are positive.