Arsenal youngster open to playing for Nigeria

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Nigeria’s under-20 football coach Paul Aigbogun has welcomed news that Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is open to playing for the Super Eagles.

The tactician however admitted that he is yet to speak with the 17-year-old regarding possibilities of a swap to play for the West Africans.

Balogun was born in the US to Nigerian parents, and has played for England at youth level, but says he is open to changing allegiances.

“I haven’t yet declared who I will commit to internationally. I will be discussing matters with my parents and will then decide,” Arsenal quotes Balogun to have said.

His declaration was warmly received by coach Aigbogun who praised his talent.

“This sounds good coming from him. I know most of the Arsenal players and this is a very talented player to have in any team,” the coach told BBC Sport.

“He is a good player, but I have not spoken to him yet.”

Balogun has been with Arsenal since the age of 10 and signed his first professional contract with the club in February.