In the midst of contract extension discussions with Cercle Brugge, Nigerian international Elderson Echiejile has affirmed his unwavering dedication to securing a spot in the Super Eagles’ final squad for the impending 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The talented left-back, currently on a six-month loan at the Belgian club, remains resolute in prioritizing his national team ambitions over club commitments.
Cercle Brugge recently secured their return to the top-tier division after a triumphant 3-1 victory against Beerschot Wilrijk in March, marking the culmination of a three-year hiatus. Echiejile, a pivotal figure in the team, has been presented with an offer to prolong his stay with the newly promoted side, a prospect he is yet to fully consider.
“The World Cup is around the corner, and we’ll see what happens next,” Echiejile stated in an exclusive interview with Completesportsnigeria.com. “I haven’t thought about it yet; I have another year left on my contract with Monaco, and I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season and staying in good shape and form for the World Cup.”
Having commenced the 2017/18 season with Turkish side Sivasspor, Echiejile sought regular playing time and subsequently joined Cercle Brugge in January. The seasoned defender, who endured the disappointment of missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil due to injury, has accrued 53 international caps for the Super Eagles, finding the net twice in the process.
As negotiations loom regarding his future at Cercle Brugge, Echiejile remains steadfast in his commitment to the forthcoming global football spectacle, aiming to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s campaign on the world stage.