Belgium international Christian Kabasele has insisted that he is a Congolese despite pledging his international future to the European nation.
The 27-year-old was born in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo before his family left the African country for Belgium at a tender age.
Kabasele started his career with Belgian side Eupen. In August 2011, he moved Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. A year later he was back to Belgium rejoining Eupen.
In July 2016, he signed for Premier League side Watford for a reported £5.8 million.
Speaking to the Watford's official website, he revealed why his family had to leave the DRC and said that he will be back to the African nation soon.
“I was very young when I and my family left the Democratic Republic of the Congo but as I was growing up my parents told me almost everything about the difficulties of living there,” Kabasele told the Watford website.
“We moved because of the uncertain situation at that moment – there were riots and people stealing things – and my parents always wanted to give me and my brother a better chance in life.
“It was impossible for us, so we moved to Belgium. It was not an easy decision for them to take because they left a lot of family behind, but they thought first of all about us and I thank them every day for that.
“My grandmother and aunts and most of my family are still there [DRC]. I still follow the political situation there because even if I’m not living there, it is still my home country. It’s in my plan to go back there some day but I haven’t found the right moment to do so yet.”
Kabasele was named as part of the senior Belgium squad for UEFA Euro 2016. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly against the Netherlands on 9 November 2016.
In May 2018 he was named in Belgium's preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, he did not make the final 23.