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Chelsea interested in Kenneth Omeruo recall, according to reports

The youngster has impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations, and reports suggest Chelsea are looking to bring him back sooner rather than later

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Kenneth Omeruo has been excellent on loan this season, so much so that he's been called up to the Nigerian national team. He's continued his excellent play at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, today doing an excellent job of containing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Chelsea have apparently been as impressed with Omeruo as I have, at least if reports out of Africa are to be believed. MTNfootball had some quotes from the young defenders representation which would indicate the club would like to bring him back to Chelsea immediately, stating that he's "95% close to joining up with Chelsea":

"Chelsea want the player to end his loan spell at ADO Den Haag and we are going to have several meetings in this respect."

"Right now there are discussions to have a meeting in South Africa during the Nations Cup."

If true, then this is very interesting news. Recalling Omeruo appears to be possible under Fifa regulations, and as a U21 player Chelsea would not need to register the Nigerian with the squad. The only issue involved would seemingly be the acquisition of a work permit, something that may not be much of an issue with Omeruo's recent senior caps.

Recalling a defender when Chelsea have so many issues in the midfield would seem to be an odd move, until you consider the way Rafa has seemed to like the results of David Luiz in the midfield. Adding reinforcement in the defense should allow Luiz to spend more time in the midfield, and would certainly add much needed depth to the squad.

I'm not sure how much to put into these quotes, so at the moment I'm a bit skeptical about their validity. It's an interesting scenario to consider though, as David Luiz's skillset would certainly be welcome in the midfield if he can handle the responsibilities of the role. I'd still think it's more likely that Omeruo plays out the year in the Netherlands and then returns to Chelsea over the summer, but I'll certainly be watching the youngster closely in the coming days in case this rumor happens to be true.


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