Chelsea starlet's agent says client could accept third contract offer

Nigerian international Kenneth Omeruo is set to finalise a new three-year contract with Chelsea.

The 20-year old - pictured top row, second from left -  has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with a host of clubs rumoured to be interested in securing the centre back's signature. Having spent the second half of the 2013/14 season on a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough, the Nigerian has done much to ensure his immediate future is spent in the Premier League. Despite elongated contract talks, and an apparent unwillingness for Chelsea officials to confirm Omeruo's role in the Blues, the defender revealed on his Instagram account that he has no intentions of leaving Stamford Bridge.

And now it appears as if the Nigerian and his club have come to an agreement, with Omeruo's agent Chika Akujobi telling AfricanFootball that a new three-year deal is set to be finalised whilst the player is currently in London.

Akujobi said: “We are in London along with Kenneth to finalise on a new and improved contract for the player.

“We rejected a second offer by Chelsea, but they have made a third offer, which is close to what we demanded and what the player deserves.

“Chelsea rate Kenneth very highly and now want to conclude with him before the World Cup.”

Knowing that the current offer is the third deal presented by the club reveals why finalising the new contract has taken so long, although there are still no details regarding a potential weekly wage.

However, the biggest selling point - aside from a wage 'close to what the player deserves' - must be a confirmation of how the club intend to utilise the Nigerian in the coming seasons.

The youngster has already appeared for the Nigerian national team 14 times, cementing himself as one of the countries brightest talents as the Super Eagles won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and the feeling is that he should be in-and-around the Chelsea first-team squad despite his young age.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has expressed a desire to reclaim Omeruo's services for another season, as he looks to guide the Boro out of the Championship, although the Chelsea management may sense a move to sister-club Vitesse or a Premier League club to be more beneficial for the youngster's development. He may even have been requested as a first-team squad member next season to replace the outgoing David Luiz - a likely event with the Nigerian signing a new deal immediately following the announcement of the Brazilian's impending departure.

Whatever happens next season, Blues fans can be delighted that they have secured the talents of another highly-rated youngster.

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