Agent hints Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo could join Middlesbrough permanently

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Kenneth Omeruo could be leaving Chelsea to sign on a permanent deal with Middlesbrough.

Omeruo has yet to make a professional appearance for Chelsea since joining the club in 2012, having immediately moved on loan to ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie.

Following his stay in the Netherlands, the 21-year-old defender moved to Championship side Middlesbrough, linking up with Jose Mourinho’s former assistant at Real Madrid. Aitor Karanka had recently been appointed full-time head coach of the Teeside club, and he utilised his links with Mourinho to bring the Nigerian international to the Riverside, and the youngster quickly cemented himself in the heart of defence.

He became something of a fan favourite in his 14 appearances last season, and, following his displays at the 2014 World Cup, Omeruo returned to Boro for the duration of this season after signing a new three-year contract with the Blues.

He has since made 12 appearances for the side who sit joint-top of the Championship table, with the best defence in the division, and the club could be looking to take him on a permanent deal when the loan expires at the end of this campaign. With first-team opportunities looking limited at Stamford Bridge due to the signing of Kurt Zouma, Omeruo could be tempted to move to Teeside permanently - especially if the club secure a return to the Premier League.

Omeruo’s agent told sl10 that, whilst no talks have started over a possible transfer, a switch could happen, although his words hint at it relying on Boro winning promotion to the top flight.

“He has a three year contract with Chelsea and at the end of the season he is expected to return to Chelsea,” Chika Akujobi said.

“But right now Middlesbrough are doing good and they are second on the table and you never know what will happen at the end of the season.

“I don’t know if I can say he will sign with Middlesbrough because he still has three years to run on his contract but maybe it could happen.”

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