Chelsea starlet performs U-turn, signs new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has signed a new contract, putting an end to speculation over his future at the club.

Chelsea may be targeting a number of world class stars this summer in order to win some silverware after ending Jose Mourinho's return season without a trophy, but in recent years they've also made a strong commitment to developing young players by sending them out on loan.

Nigerian defender Omeruo is one of those, and having arrived from Standard Liege in 2012, he was promptly loaned out to ADO Den Haag in Holland before embarking on a successful stint with Championship side Middlesbrough - managed by Mourinho's former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka.

But having impressed in the North East and with a World Cup campaign on the horizon, speculation suggested that Omeruo would be looking to leave Chelsea this summer unless he was given a new contract and could be guaranteed of a long-term future in West London.

Today, the 20-year-old put an end to any rumours over his future by signing an improved deal to stay at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at Chelsea until 2018 - and he was understandably delighted to have secured his future with the club.

'I'm thrilled to sign a new contract with Chelsea and am really excited about the future," said Omeruo.

"To play at such a fantastic club is a real honour for me and I'll be working incredibly hard to be successful. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in England so far and can't wait to get going," he added.

Having seen the emergence of Tomas Kalas - a fellow defender who can play centre back and right back - Omeruo will be hoping to push for a first team place next season, but it seems more likely for now that he will be loaned out once again to continue developing.

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