Mikel Arteta hints that Bukayo Saka must choose England over Nigeria internationally … and the Arsenal manager will advise his 18-year-old if he so wishes
- Bukayo Saka has to make a decision about his high international loyalty
- The 18-year-old represented England at a youth level, but was able to represent Nigeria
- Mikel Arteta will give his opinion to the 18-year-old if he asks for it
- Nigeria has persuaded Alex Iwobi Victor Moses to change loyalty in the past
Bukayo Saka will be encouraged to reject Nigeria and choose an international career with England if Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has his say.
Arsenal’s talented teenager has represented England under the age of 19, but now the Londoner is backed by Nigeria, where his parents are from.
“If I get the question, I can give my opinion,” said Arteta.
Bukayo Saka has to make a decision on its international side between England and Nigeria
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will give his advice at the request of the 18-year-old winger
“He has not come to me with that, so for now I leave it completely independent with the player and his family, because they normally have a big voice with their background, their culture and where they come to. I don’t want to interfere.
‘Absolutely [he is good enough to play for England] – and he is also very smart to make the right decision. ‘
Told 18-year-old Saka Sky Sports: “It is a difficult choice. I am happy to have represented England at a youth level, but I am also proud of my parents’ Nigerian heritage.
“We haven’t been chosen by any team, so it’s about staying humble, and when it comes, we’ll make the decision.”
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In the past, Chelsea and England players Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have previously turned down an opportunity to play for the Super Eagles.
However, former Arsenal man Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi advocate for their loyalty to Nigeria after playing for England’s youth teams beforehand.
Nigeria is already planning to quickly transfer the left-wing utility player to the senior lineup, hoping to convince him to choose an international career with them over England.
Their plan to seduce Saka has faded in recent weeks due to the long delay in international football due to the corona virus. But with the national team’s games returning in September, the Nigeria Football Federation will step up their efforts, while Saka still has to make a final decision.
Nigeria has convinced Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses to betray England in the past