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Kenneth Omeruo set for Chelsea pre-season

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Young Nigerian center back Kenneth Omeruo joined Chelsea from Belgian club Standard Liege in 2012, and has since spent time on loan at ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie, Middlesbrough in the Championship, and this season, Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig.

After his first loan spell at Middlesbrough and his impressive showings for Nigeria in the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, his name wasn't far away from a potential spot in the Chelsea squad.  Unfortunately, during his second spell at Middlesbrough, he experienced a drop in form and soon ceased to be a regular at the Riverside.

At Kasimpasa, despite suffering a string of injuries, Omeruo has started whenever fit, amassing 2,284 minutes on the pitch. The loan deal included an option to buy at the end of the season, which the club has chosen not to exercise due to lack of funds.  And so, the 22-year-old's future is very much up in the air again.

"Kenneth Omeruo is definitely returning to England. He will have pre-season training at Chelsea, then weigh the options available to him."

"He doesn't know where he will play next season, whether he will remain at Chelsea or be loaned out again."

-Omeruo's representative; source: All Nigeria Soccer

One would notice that the agent doesn't mention a permanent move, but rather going on another loan or remaining at Chelsea. In any case, Omeruo will be just one of many returning loanee awaiting assessment in pre-season training. It's going to be crowded at Cobham this summer!

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