Germany On Alert As Wolfsburg Defender Uduokhai Admits Talks With Nigeria Over Switch Of Allegiance

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NUREMBERG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 19: Felix Uduokhai of Wolfsburg celebrates scoring his teams first goal during the DFB Cup match between 1. FC Nuernberg and VfL Wolfsburg at Max-Morlock-Stadion on December 19, 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Highly rated German-Nigerian defender Felix Uduokhai has confirmed talks with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over a possible switch of allegiance to Nigeria ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

20 year old Uduokhai has been a revelation at the back for Wolfsburg this season, following his move from second division side 1860 Munich in the summer.

He has already represented Germany at various youth levels, and last represented the U19 of the team, but he has now confirmed that he is open to switching allegiance to Nigeria.

” I have not been to Nigeria yet, but I talk about it with my father, and I have relations there. That’s where my roots lie, it’s important for me to stay connected”, he told Kicker in an interview.

Despite admitting that his immediate goal is to break into the U21 team of Germany, Uduokhai however confirmed that he is open to playing for either Nigeria or Germany at senior level, if the need arises.

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Already he confirmed that talks has been held with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), who are currently combing Europe for players of Nigerian descent to switch allegiance to Nigeria.

” Of course the German national team is one of the best teams in the world football, but Nigeria also have quality players as well. Currently, I’m open to playing for both sides”.

His statement has put Germany on alert, and talks about fast tracking him to the U21 team is reportedly on the table, as their way of reassuring him that he is part of their future plans.

Daniel Martins