Dutch-born Ghanaian right-back Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong says he was shocked to have heared of an interest for his services from Bundesliga campaigners Bayer Leverkusen during the winter transfer window.
The 20-year-old promising lateral defender, who joined the BayArena outfit on a four-year deal from Scottish giants Celtic FC this term, revealed his dismay at the German side when they first came calling for his signature having considered his credentials as a rising star.
Frimpong has so far hit the ground running for the Die Werkself in his maiden season and has set his sights on UEFA Champions League qualification with his side come at the end of this term league campaign in the summit of German football competition.
''The first time I heard about Leverkusen interest, it was a shock to me because I came from no man's land,'' the former Manchester City youth star told German sports Magazine Kicker ''The Champions League is still our goal. We are doing everything we can to achieve that," he added.
The Amsterdam-born budding full-back is still eligible to play for Ghana at the international stage despite featuring for the Netherlands U17, U19 and U20 national youth teams.