‘Always Chelsea’: Bundesliga’s fastest right-back says he dreams of playing for the Blues, he loves Drogba

Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong revealed his aspirations at playing for Chelsea one day.

Frimpong picked the European champions when asked by Sport BILD to name his dream club.

Frimpong a Chelsea fan

The 21-year-old does have a close connection to one blue-wearing Premier League team, but of a lighter shade.

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He started his career in Manchester City’s youth academy, before joining Celtic in 2019.

From Scotland, the defender then moved to Leverkusen last January, where he has since established himself as a regular for the Bundesliga side.

In fact, he has only missed one game all season, the 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim in the middle of December through a suspension.

It has been quite a speedy rise for the Dutchman, which is rather fitting considering he is the fastest right-back in Germany’s top flight.

But although Frimpong is clearly loving life at the Bay Arena, his ultimate goal seemingly looks settled upon Stamford Bridge.  

“Was actually always Chelsea FC,” he said when quizzed about his fantasy transfer. 

“As a kid, I used to watch Chelsea games with my uncle, mostly because of Didier Drogba.”

Bayer’s boys in blue

If Frimpong is lucky enough, he could follow in the footsteps of another who exchanged Leverkusen for South West London not that long ago.

Kai Havertz traded the Bavarians for the Blues in the summer of 2020 for a sizeable £71m (BBC).

His debut spell certainly suffered some turbulence, none more so than when he contracted covid.

The German’s form came and quickly went, but he did end the year on cloud nine after scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final.   

Havertz has moved through the gears during his second spell at Chelsea.

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He is currently on a run of three successive games on the scoresheet, including yesterday’s decisive strike against Newcastle United.

That took his overall tally up to 11 for the campaign, level with Romelu Lukaku, the man actively making way for the young forward.

Will Frimpong be next to fly Leverkusen’s flag on English soil? Time will tell.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.