Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has spoken of his honour and delight at making four international appearances for Germany in the space of just five weeks, Deutscher Fussball-Bund report.
Of course I was aware that the media was discussing the possibility following the opening games of the season. But I didn’t expect things to go this quickly. That’s why it was such a huge feeling of joy when Joachim Löw called me.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise to see Bellarabi earn some international recognition though, given the wide man’s excellent performances in the Bundesliga so far this season.
My entire family is happy that I’m playing for Germany and performing well. My Grandmother Rosemarie from Bremen watches all my games on television. She got Sky just in order to see my games.
Bellarabi made his first Germany start against Poland in a World Cup qualifying match and since then, Joachim Low has clearly seen his qualities, calling him into action even more.
The winger started against Republic of Ireland, followed by Gibraltar, making it three starts in as many games for the Leverkusen winger.
She is still a bit baffled that I’m playing in the same team with all the World Cup winners.
He then came off the bench to replace the injured Thomas Muller in Germany’s clash against Spain, so it’s certainly been a hectic month or so for Bellarabi.
Still, I was surprised and nervous. You have to have respect from these players. They are the best team in the world. Apart from André Schürrle, with whom I’ve played together at Leverkusen, I didn’t know anyone personally. That’s why I kept very quiet at first and just tried to let everything sink in. But I also wanted to show off my potential and a dream came true when the manager told me that I was going to play.
The 24-year-old will look to kick on with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga to earn many more international opportunities with Germany.