Kerim Frei – 'I picked Turkey because I feel Turkish'

Beşiktaş winger Kerim Frei has underlined that he selected the senior Turkish national team at international level because he feels Turkish.

Frei was born in Feldkirch, Austria but was raised in Switzerland by his Turkish father and Moroccan mother.

The 21-year-old could have played for Switzerland, Austria, Morocco and Turkey at senior international level but opted for the Crescent-Stars.


“I grew up in Switzerland but I always had a close bond with Turkey from a young age, we always used to come to Turkey and I felt Turkish growing up,” Frei told FitStop speaking on NTV Spor.

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“I could have picked Switzerland or Morocco but I felt closest to Turkey and made my decision.”

Frei has four international caps for Turkey and also represented the Crescent-Stars as well as Switzerland at youth level.

The 21-year-old made his international senior derby in 2012.

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

Beşiktaş are currently first in the Süper Lig and will remain in pole position with a win against sixth placed Trabzonspor on the weekend.