Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo wants to return to Middlesbrough on loan next season.
Speaking to the Gazette, the Nigeria international said, “My time at Middlesbrough was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football and I enjoyed every moment of my time at the club.
“I would like to return to Boro on loan but it’s not in my hands.”
The 20-year-old made 14 appearances for the Championship side last season, forming a strong partnership with Ben Gibson at the heart of the defence.
Omeruo has recently praised Gibson in an interview with the FA’s official website, and it seems that despite being a World Cup regular for his country, he would rather remain at Boro than attempt to earn first-team recognition at Chelsea.
With Tomas Kalas on loan next season and David Luiz swapping London for Paris, it could be argued that Omeruo will get chances if he remains at Stamford Bridge.
But it seems he would rather play week-in-week-out rather than waiting for sporadic opportunities to shine.
With a contract until the summer of 2018, the player still has plenty of time to stake a claim for a starting-spot in London. But it seems for now he would like to continue his footballing education at Middlesbrough.