He’s Dutch born and has pledged his international future to Turkey but, when it comes to club football, Nadir Ciftci feels 100% British.
The 21-year-old striker is impressing for Dundee United on their trip to Germany and Spain.
And he hopes the trial he’s on will develop into a permanent contract very soon.
If it does he’ll be more than happy with his new club and surroundings.
“For me the UK is where I want to be and my aim this summer is to come back here to stay,” said the one-time Portsmouth star who’s spent the last two years in Turkey and Holland.
“It was a great experience for me to go there but football in the UK is what I like best. The pace is quicker and the passing sharper and that’s what I like.
“I wanted to come back really bad and Dundee United have given me that chance.
“I want to take it because I’ve come to a great place where the people have been very quick to accept me.”
It’s family and birth ties that make his links to Holland and Turkey. His family is Turkish and he was born in The Hague, allowing him to represent both countries.
Ciftci, though, admits only off-field circumstances saw him quit English football a couple of years back.
“When I was with Portsmouth they offered me a new contract and wanted me to stay,” he said.
“I had a good time there and was doing well but the situation with them almost going out of business meant I had to move.
“It is very good to be back in Britain and I think this is going to have a good ending for me and very soon.”
If that’s a heavy hint he’s close to signing a deal with United it will be good news for fans.
Ciftci was again impressive as the German leg of the two-week tour came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Energie Cottbus.
Ciftci was disappointed with the result, but felt there had been real progress from the 4-1 defeat at Union Berlin five days earlier.
“I think we played well and had enough chances to score,” explained the striker.
“We definitely had the best chance of the first half and, if we had scored when it was 0-0, I think it would have been a different game.”
After the game in Cottbus, which is less than 20 miles from the Polish border, the United party grabbed a few hours sleep before heading back to Berlin for an early Saturday morning flight to Malaga.
From there they headed down the coast to this week’s base in San Roque, just a few miles from Cordoba.
They are based in a golf complex next door to Sotogrande and the famous Valderrama course.
Tangerines minds, though, will only be on football and right on their doorstep are several pristine pitches manager Jackie McNamara plans to put to good use.