Christian Kabasele has had quite the journey to arrive in the Premier League with the Hornets. Discussing his story so far in the latest Pro File, the defender said he now feels right at home living and working in Watford.
“I live in the town, but for me I’m surprised that people are surprised when I say I live in Watford!” he said. “For me it’s normal, I’m living ten minutes from the stadium and without traffic it’s 15 minutes from the Training Ground.
“So, there is nothing to be surprised about that I’m living in Watford, it’s a good town, there is a lot to do, there are good restaurants and there is always something to do with the kids.
“Sometimes [I get stopped for photos], it’s normal and part of the game. It’s always a pleasure to give this to the fans because sometimes at the stadium it can be difficult for them to be close to us.”
Kabasele is a truly likeable member of the team and a real family man, so it’s no surprise that one member of the next generation of the Kabasele family is already a budding Hornet.
“As soon as I open my eyes [in the morning] the journey is on for me and I’m in a good mood straight away,” said the 28-year-old. “The funny thing is, my son is like this as well. When he wakes up, he starts to scream and sing and several times I’ve heard him sing the Watford song in his bed, ‘Since I Was Young’. He just starts to sing the song when he wakes up – it’s funny!”
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kabasele’s family relocated to Belgium when he was a young child. The Belgium international credits his opportunities and achievements to the sacrifice his parents made all those years ago.
“If they didn’t [move to Belgium] then I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t have the life I have today,” he said. “The situation at that moment was really difficult, there was a lot of robbery and violence, so they made the decision [to move] to give us a better chance for life. I’m proud of what they did for us because they left their family and parents behind them to give us a good chance for life.
“It’s quite unbelievable in five years how my life changed. Even when I was in the first division in Belgium I was dreaming about this, but I didn’t see it coming so fast. I was dreaming about the Premier League and now I’m playing here, I was dreaming about being involved in the national team and I’ve done this as well. It’s quite amazing.”