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Chelsea’s Nigeria star reveals advice from legend Drogba

Kenneth Omeruo determined to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has revealed that he took advice from one of the club’s greatest ever players after arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Nigeria international Omeruo joined Chelsea from Standard Liege in January 2012. The 20-year-old is highly-regarded by manager Jose Mourinho and was this week loaned to Championship side Middlesbrough in order to gain first-team experience.

The youngster is setting his target high – telling Four Four Two magazine that he wants to be “the best centre-back in the world.” And he also revealed that Didier Drogba, who is Chelsea’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all time, gave him some useful advice.

Omeruo played against Drogba at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, and said: “I spoke to him immediately after the Ivory Coast game. He told me that Chelsea is a good place and that I should try to stay and play to be in the team. Playing against him was great. You could see why he is such a big player. I think he was Africa’s best at that period.”

Omeruo was recommended to Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka by Mourinho, and will now stay on Teeside for the rest of the season.

Karanka was impressed by the defender’s versatility. He said: “He’s a strong defender and we need to improve at the back and we need a strong defender. Kenneth is a strong player a very good player, he can play at centre-back and right-back.”

Omeruo also revealed his shock at finding out that Chelsea wanted to sign him, which came as he was preparing for the Under-20 World Cup.

“I got a confirmation call after the tournament. At first I didn’t really believe it because I wasn’t expecting that at that time. But it turned out to be real.”

image: © Crystian Cruz

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