Father of Ghanaian youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah has exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com his son solely will decide his international future.
Fosu-Mensah, who plays for English giants Manchester United, is being tracked by Holland and England following an explosive start to life in the English Premier League.
The former Dutch Under-17 versatile youngster marked his debut for the Red Devils in their 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday and hugely impressed.
Paul Evans Fosu-Mensah, father of the United kid, has told GHANAsoccernet.com the decision to play for the Black Stars squarely lies with his son.
“As at now, the decision lies with him. Unlike in Ghana, where parents have a role in the choice of their wards’ careers, it is not the same here. I quiet remember how my father urged and persuaded me to become a professional teacher, (because he was himself a teacher) much against my wish to become a banker in 1982”, he told GHANAsoccernet.com from his base in Manchester.
“I can only guide and direct him but I cannot make a choice for him. However, I always tell him to remember his lineage and heritage in everything he does. Over here, wards’ lineages are their rights and so, I cannot decide for him as he has numerous options available to him now.
"As we speak now, my son could have learnt to become a medical officer because he is very intelligent but he has chosen football and I have no worries with the choice he has made."
The hugely talented and highly-rated versatile 18-year-old, was born to Ghanaian immigrant parents in the Netherlands and has represented the country of his birth but could switch nationality to play for Ghana at senior level.
By Emmanuel Baah-Aboagye, Follow on twitter @EmmaBaahAboagye