In a recent interview, Glasgow Rangers centre-back, Leon Balogun, discussed his immediate future at Gers, as well as suggesting he could be open to a move away from Ibrox.
Having signed for Steven Gerrard’s side on a free transfer last summer, Balogun has gone on to prove himself a rather crucial part of the Gers’ backline this season, with the 32-year-old making an average of 1.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.7 clearances over his 19 Scottish Premiership appearances, as well as averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.06 – ranking him as the club’s ninth-best performer in the league.
As a result of these fine displays, with the Nigeria international’s contract at Ibrox set to expire at the end of this season, it is widely expected that Rangers will activate a year-long extension to his deal, something which, in a recent interview with SportBILD (via Sport Witness), Balogun suggested is a formality, although he also claimed that he could be tempted by a move to the Bundesliga.
When asked about the chance of his contract being extended, Balogun said: “That’s just a formality, I don’t have to worry about that – I definitely want to stay.”
However, when asked whether he could be tempted by a move to Germany, he said: “Sure! Germany is my home. I’ve sacrificed many moments with my family to pursue my career. If there was an opportunity to be closer to them again, I would listen to it.”
Would Balogun be a big loss for Rangers?
Transfer Tavern Take
While Balogun’s comments are somewhat contradictory, with Rangers having the option to extend his current deal at Ibrox for another year, it would indeed appear as if the centre-back will be wearing the famous light blue for at least another season.
However, should the 32-year-old receive interest from the Bundesliga come the summer of 2022, it would seem as Rangers could face something of a battle to keep the £14,00-per-week defender on their books.
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