Chelsea have become something of a loan broker in recent seasons, letting players go out on temporary deals across England and Europe.
One such player has been Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo. He spent last season on loan at Ado Den Haag, and the season before at the Eredivisie side. He had some injury trouble at the beginning of the campaign but in January, in a bid to get fit for the World Cup, he went to Middlesbrough.
There he joined up with Jose Mourinho's former assistant manager at Real Madrid Aitor Karanka. He obviously did enough to impress the Nigerian coaches, as he has been given the nod for the World Cup in Brazil - as the Super Eagles look to follow up their African Nations Cup success of last year with a decent showing in the tournament.
Now Karanka has been speaking about the prospect of bringing him back to Boro next season - singing his praises in the process.
“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. Ken arrived in January and when he arrived he didn’t play but his attitude was always perfect.”
Omeruo could certainly be in luck. Chelsea are bringing in Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne but David Luiz is off so first-team football may be easier to come by at Stamford Bridge - especially if he puts in a good showing at the World Cup this summer.
But knowing that Boro are still keen on having him back again next term leaves Chelsea an ace in the hole regarding his future.