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Anglo-Nigerian still thinking about playing for Nigeria or England

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is developing gradually at Arsenal Football Club despite only making his first professional appearance last season.

The teenager has become a reliable regular player for the struggling Gooners this term under Unai Emery, caretaker manager Karl Fredrik Ljungberg and expected to continue with the newly appointed former Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta.

He is yet again a subject of international interest between Nigeria and England as the West Africans are always willing to capture any footballer that have Nigerian root.

Rated as one of the brightest prospect in England at the moment, the 18-year-old is yet to decide his final international destination.
"I am always thinking about it but I haven't made a decision yet," the 18-year-old told BBC Sport.

He was quizzed about his level of relationship with the Amaju Melvin Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation but saka denied ever having any contact with the NFF.

"No-one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out," said Saka.

Recall that in September, he politely rejected the British-Nigerian title he was handed by Dr. Kelechi during an interview posted by the Arsenal fan.

Reacting to a question from Kelechi at a social event, Saka proudly said he is Nigerian when asked if he is British-Nigerian. His comment will no doubt trigger a scramble for his senior international future between Nigeria and England.

“Where are you from? You are British-Nigerian right?”

He replied by saying

"I am a Nigerian."

Saka has been very successful in the Europa League this season where he scored two and created four in four matches and he has yet to replicate that in the Premier League with no goal to show in five games.

However, he has represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels and still very eligible to switch allegiance to Nigeria due to his authentic Yoruba parent.

By Olamide Oyetunji

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