Jeremie Frimpong made a surprising admission when asked about leaving Celtic for the Premier League in the future.
Jeremie Frimpong has emerged as an absolute star since arriving at Celtic Park from Manchester City. Not many people would have heard about the 19-year-old when the Hoops managed to sign him for £350,000 from the reigning English champions. But it is safe to say that everybody knows him now and that price is looking like the steal of the century at this point of time.
After coming through the Manchester City academy, Frimpong decided to leave this summer as it was unlikely that he would get a chance to make an impression in Pep Guardiola’s team of superstars. But not many would have expected him to make the impact that he has made at Parkhead in such a short period of time either.
The initial plan with him would have been to put him in the Celtic developmental side and hopefully turn him into a senior level player in 2-3 years. But instead Frimpong is already starting every week and might already be Neil Lennon’s first choice at right-back although Hatem Abd Elhamed is out injured at the moment.
The Dutch right-back has already become a sort of cult figure among the Celtic fans, who have used him to fill a Kieran Tierney-shaped hole in their hearts. And it is very clear that Frimpong himself loves life at Parkhead as well.
As reported by Daily Record, when asked about a return to the Premier League in the future, the 19-year-old said:
“No, I’m at Celtic and this is where I’m staying. The fans love me and I love them so I’m staying here.
“When I came here I wanted to win trophies and Celtic are the right team to do that with. I thought I’d have to wait a while. I didn’t think everything would happen this quick.
“But I always knew that one day I’d prove myself. I want to keep doing it for the fans and my team-mates.
“Obviously the club brought in two experienced guys at right-back so I thought I’d have to wait. But when you get your chance you have to take it.”
It is refreshing to see a player say he wants to reject the riches and glamour of the Premier League for Celtic. Over the years, we have lost a number of our top stars to the attraction of English football, whose careers have not gone as well as they would have hoped. And it has taken a 19-year-old Dutch right-back to finally reveal that the grass is not greener down South. Oh my days!