Frei – 'I became a winger at Fulham'

Beşiktaş youngster Kerim Frei revealed that he first started playing as a winger at Fulham FC.

The Turkish international underlined that he did actually start his footballing life as a midfielder but was played on the left wing at Fulham because of his pace and dribbling ability.

“Before I was playing in midfield but at Fulham the coach always put me on the left side on the wing and I got comfortable there,” Frei told FitStop speaking on NTV Spor.

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The 20-year-old winger was first spotted by Swiss side Grasshoppers aged 13 and was snapped up by Fulham just three years later.

After rising through the youth ranks the Fulham starlet was given his Premier League debut on 10 December 2011, in an away match against Swansea City aged just 18.

Frei joined Beşiktaş on a €3.5 million move from Fulham last season and has four goals and one assist in 44 appearances this season.

The Turkish international also stated that the fans in Turkey are more passionate but that players train a lot harder in England.

“The fans are more crazy in Turkey but footballing wise they work a lot harder in England, they train a lot more,” he added.