Nigerian starlet on Chelsea future - 'Staying at the Bridge'

Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo has no intention of leaving Chelsea this summer, having finished a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough.

The 20-year old - who has been capped 14 times for the Super Eagles - joined Middlesbrough on loan in January, making 14 Championship appearances in the centre of Aitor Karanka's impressive defence. The short term deal to the Riverside Stadium is the second time the Nigerian has been away from Stamford Bridge - with the 2012/13 season spent at ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie - without having made an appearance for his parent club.

Middlesbrough boss Karanka suggested that Omeruo could be on his way back to the Riverside next season, whilst expressing his pleasure at the youngsters ability.

When pressed by Gazette Live on his return, the Spaniard said: "It could be possible.

"He’s a good lad, a very good player, he is improving, he is going to go to the World Cup so I am very happy with him.

“He always gives 120% on the training pitch.

“Even when he wasn’t playing he had a good attitude.”

Although, it now appears unlikely that Omeruo will be leaving Chelsea. In a message posted on his Instagram account, the player thanked Middlesbrough for his chance to play, but also stated that he is 'fully staying at the Bridge'.

"This season has been my Season as a player. And I thank my parent club Chelsea for sending me to middlesbrough... It was a great experience and one I will always cherish.. And thank you Boro for the love u showed to us during our Loan... And for my Fans out there, am not going no where... Fully staying at the Bridge.. Have a nice Day God Bless.."

This news is valuable for Chelsea fans, who long to see the highly rated youngster walking out in a Premier League fixture. Although recent news has suggested that Omeruo is unhappy with the contract that Chelsea officials are offering him, his change in mentality could see him challenging for first team football at Stamford Bridge next season.

In the meantime, Omeruo will be appearing at the World Cup in Brazil this summer; having been named in head coach Stephen Keshi's 30-man provisional squad, it is unlikely that the centre-back - who was an important part of the team that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations - will miss out on a starting role in the Super Eagles back line.

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