By Angu Lesley
Recently-captured Cameroon international Sacha Boey of Galatasaray has opened up on his decision to snob Glasgow Celtic for Galatasaray despite being an admirer of the Scottish giants.
The 21-year old full-back was mightily close to joining the 51-time Scottish Champions but in the end opted for the glamorous giants from Turkey.
Sacha reveals he had two major options after he decided to leave French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes.
“In the summer I had a straight choice between Celtic and Galatasaray,” the former Dijon man revealed before opening up on how the Celtic link was created.
“The previous season I had played against Celtic (in Europa League ) and got noticed, It was a great stadium and a fantastic atmosphere,” he continued.
That fantastic atmosphere is always a telling factor in a player’s decision during every transfer window but apparently Galatasaray showed something different.
“I liked Celtic, but I said no. Galatasaray is an incredible club – they are the biggest in Turkey and the fans are unbelievable. Everything is huge.”
In addition to the passionate nature of the Turkish fans, Sacha wanted an environment where he could compete and win titles.
“I made up my mind quickly. I want to win trophies. In football, they only remember winners,” the defender justified joining the 22 times Turkish champions who are also 1999-2000 UEFA cup winners.
The defender also discussed his arrival and reception in Istanbul plus how he has been treated by the fans since the day if first arrival.
“I arrived in Istanbul on the Sunday. By the end of the day, one of my social media accounts went up from 14,000 to 50,000 followers before I said a word. I thought my phone was broken.”
“When I was at the airport, the fans made me feel like a superstar. I am actually quite a grounded player. I haven’t shown anything yet in football.
“But I know I have made the right choice and I am loving life at Galatasaray.”
Sacha enjoys regular football with the record Turkish Champion whenever he is fit and has all reasons to feel happy about joining Galatasaray.
The former French youth international is one of four new faces pre-selected by Indomitable Lions of Cameroon Coach António Conceiçao for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament early next year on home soil.
Conceiçao names Cameroon’s final AFCON squad this Wednesday and the defender who has scored once in seven appearances this season is in contention.
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