Jamie Bynoe-Gittens is thriving in Germany. (Simon Marper/PA)
Beating Jude Bellingham at FIFA and two hours of German lessons a day have helped Jamie Bynoe-Gittens settle in at Borussia Dortmund.
The unassuming 19-year-old sits in St George’s Park explaining how his life in the German city has helped him grow.
The last of Dortmund’s English trio, the former Chelsea youngster has developed while Bellingham and Jadon Sancho shone to earn their mega-money moves.
Bynoe-Gittens made his debut less than 18 months ago but has settled well. His lessons, having joined from Manchester City in 2020, have left him “near fluent” as he matures away from the Premier League spotlight.
Bynoe-Gittens joined Dortmund from Manchester City. (Simon Marper/PA)
“Not everybody spoke English when I arrived. That was very hard for me because, at the time, I only spoke English. I had to learn German quickly,” he says.
“I remember looking for something like shampoo in the supermarket and you’ve got to find where it is and you might need to ask someone. It’s hard, you know.
“The word is the same, so maybe that’s an easy one to find! But maybe if you were going to the shops or getting the bus to town and having to find the right way to go…
“At school I tried to speak French and that didn’t really work. German is difficult – it’s really hard to learn and it takes time. But when you live here, you pick it up.
“I was a very shy person back then, so I had to learn to speak more and to ask for things that I might not ordinarily have asked for.
“The first year was tough, because Covid meant that there were no games. Then when we came back in 2021 I was injured for four months.
“After Christmas, I started playing more games and then that’s when I broke intoRead on belfasttelegraph.co.uk