Kenneth Omeruo’s off to Middlesbrough
Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.
The promising 20-year old Nigeria international has been sent to the Riverside Stadium in order to gain further first team experience following his successful spell in Holland with ADO Den Haag last season. Omeruo will also be looking to play as regularly as possible in a bid to force his way into Nigeria’s World Cup squad for the summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Kenneth Omeruo is delighted with his loan switch to Middlesbrough. Last season, he played 36 games on loan at Dutch top-flight side ADO Den Haag.
“With the World Cup in June, it is important to have the chance of playing regularly,” Omeruo told BBC Sport.
“Hopefully I can help Middlesbrough fight for promotion – nothing is impossible in football. Training with the first-team at Chelsea is just not good enough for my progress and development. More significantly, I was highly recommended [to Karanka] by Jose Mourinho and that feels good. They [Karanka and Mourinho] speak to each other on a daily basis so I believe I’ll be in good hands. Apart from playing regularly and helping the team, this provides me with an opportunity to be sharp for the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, George Saville has extended his loan spell at Brentford until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old joined the Bees at the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign, impressing in the heart of their midfield as they have gone on a phenomenal run that has seen them take 37 points from a possible 39. They are currently top of League One.