Nigeria defender Leon Balogun hopes to finalise his contract with German club FSV Mainz before the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Balogun joined Mainz from another Bundesliga outfit Darmstadt 98 on a three-year contract in the summer of 2015 and has established himself with the team.
He has proven himself on the international scene with Nigeria and will be one of the important player for the country.
A good performance at the Mundial could open up another opportunity for the big centre-back to move to another club but he is not prepared to wait until the end of the global soccer fiesta to sort out his future.
“I want to have clarity in any case first. I’m going to be 30 years old in the summer, so it would be ideal to clarify my future before the tournament,” Balogun stated in an interview with German online news outlet t-online.de
“I am already in talks with those responsible here in Mainz and can definitely imagine staying.”
Balogun has previously featured for German clubs Hannover 98, Werder Bremen and Fortuna Dusserdolf.