First Romelu Lukaku admitted that Jose Mourinho had asked him to stay on board next season; dispelling any rumour of a loan move away from the club again next season.
After his excellent campaign at West Brom last season that news has been welcomed by Chelsea fans.
Then came Thibaut Courtois; another Belgian who has been out on loan now for two seasons. The goalkeeper stated that he expects to remain at Atletico Madrid for another season out on loan next year.
Then came the news from Germany this morning regarding yet another Belgian; Kevin De Bruyne. He has been out on-loan at Werder Bremen and his performances at the Weserstadion obviously caught the eye of the returning ‘Special One’.
It has been reported today that Chelsea’s returning boss has informed Bayer Leverkusen that he will be requiring the services of the winger next season and he will not form part of any deal involving Andre Schurrle.
And now it seems he has decided another player has done enough to earn his spurs for the first-team next season.
Kenneth Omeruo has been on loan at Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag for 18 months now and in that time become one of the Eredivisie’s most respected young defenders.
He has also forced his way into the Nigerian national team’s starting line-up; with whom he is currently preparing for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
And at the African Nations Cup at the start of the year he played a vital role in leading the Super Eagles to overall victory; shackling former Mourinho favourite Didier Drogba in the process.
Fast and agile he is your modern-day defender and according to a report from South African website MTN Football he is all set to play first-team football at the club next season.
They quote a source from the Omeruo camp as stating:
“He watched him against Didier Drogba at the Nations Cup and he said he liked what he saw. He will therefore not be heading back to Dutch club ADO Den Haag, where he has spent the last one and half seasons on loan.”
One stumbling block could be his work permit but considering his regular place in the Nigeria fold he is expected to win any appeal necessary.
So while rumours over transfers and new recruits continues it looks as if Mourinho is ready to give some of the acquired young talent a chance as well in his second term in charge.
What do you make of Kenneth Omeruo and can he do a job next season?
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