US Sassuolo defender Claud Adjapong has reportedly switched his international football allegiance to Italy after claiming to be of Italian descent.
Born to Ghanaian parents in Modena, the 20-year-old still remains eligible to play for any of the two countries at senior level although he has played for the Europeans at youth stage.
Adjapong made his official debut for Sassuolo as a 17-year-old boy against Juventus back in 2016.
But despite failing to earn regular playing time under Roberto De Zerbi this term, the right-back is hoping that he will represent Gli Azzurris in the near future after rejecting overtures to play for Ghana.
“We talked about it, but I feel Italian, I’m Italian. I played in the various national youth teams, now I hope to be called with the under 21, it is the year of the Europeans that will be played in Italy and also in Emilia Romagna. I really hope so.”“Then in the future, the best would be to wear the shirt of Italy of the great. I already took part in an internship last year. It’s my dream and of all Italian kids regardless of skin colour.”
In 2017, the 20-year-old was named among the best 50 young players in Europe and Coach Luigi Di Baggio handed him a debut call-up to the Italian U-21 team for the international friendly against Morocco and Hungary following his outstanding performance for Serie A Club Sassuolo.
The young full-back has scored one goal in five league games for the Neroverdi in the ongoing 2018/19 season where he play with Ghanaian midfielder Alfred Duncan.