Rangers have received a major boost as Leon Balogun has confirmed that he ‘definitely’ wants to stay on at Ibrox next season [Sport Bild].
Balogun joined the Gers on a free transfer in July and since then has competed with Filip Helander to partner Connor Goldson at centre-back.
The Nigeria international has made 28 appearances to date and has largely impressed, contributing to a plethora of clean sheets.
His initial contract expires in the summer but Rangers hold an option to extend it by another year [Rangers.co.uk].
The Scottish Sun recently reported that an extension clause had been triggered prior to the international break but the club are yet to make an announcement, so uncertainty remains regarding the 32-year-old’s immediate future.
It seems that any hold up isn’t the result of hesitancy on his end, though, as he’s keen to remain in Glasgow.
“It’s just a matter of form, I don’t have to worry about that – I definitely want to stay,” he said (translated) [Sport Bild].
The Berlin-born defender may not look to finish his career at Ibrox, though, as he’s open to a return to Germany at some point in the future.
“Germany is my home,” he added. “I sacrificed so many moments with my family in order to pursue my career. If there was a chance to get closer to them again, I would listen to it.”
Prior to joining Rangers, Balogun played for Türkiyemspor Berlin, Hannover, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt, Mainz, Brighton and Wigan, while he has over 30 caps for the Super Eagles, for whom he qualifies through his father.
Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee has received praise for scoring a ‘brilliant’ goal against a Premiership club as his stock continues to rise.