Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has confirmed he is rejoining Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, with the Chelsea defender expected to link up with the rest of Aitor Karanka’s squad before the end of the week.
Omeruo was one of Boro’s key players as he spent the second half of last season on loan at the Riverside, and Karanka was desperate to re-sign the 20-year-old this summer.
The Boro head coach’s close relationship with Jose Mourinho was always going to be a key factor in discussions, with the Chelsea boss having been impressed by Omeruo’s development while on Teesside.
The centre-half made a number of impressive performances for Nigeria at the World Cup finals, leading to fears that Premier League clubs could attempt to lure the youngster away from the North-East.
However, Omeruo used his personal Twitter account to confirm he will be returning to Middlesbrough Saturday night, having been granted an extended period of leave from Chelsea following his exploits in Brazil.
He tweeted: “Holiday is finished. Almost time for work again. Happy to be rejoining Boro for a new season…”
Chelsea seem to have confirmed the development as the Nigerian’s name was conspicuosly missing from their squad list for next season.
The Blues listed eight defenders for the new season including latest addition,Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid.Others are Branislav Ivanovic,Gary Cahill,John Terry,esar Azpilicueta,Nathan Ake,Ryan Bertrand and Kurt Zouma.