Omeruo ready to dump Chelsea

(Last Updated On: 2017-05-07)


Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo says his
priority is to play first-team football on a regular
basis and admits he may have to leave Chelsea to
do that.

The 23-year-old Nigeria international has yet to play
for the Blues since signing in January 2012 and is
out on loan for a fourth time – this time at Turkey’s

Omeruo, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
with Nigeria, admits he is unhappy with his

“It might happen that I get to play for Chelsea but it
is no longer my immediate priority,” Omeruo told
BBC Sport.

“You have no idea how frustrating it is to always go
out on loan,” added the Nigeria defender.

The season-long move to Turkey was a swift return
to the Super Lig for centre-back Omeruo after
another loan stint at Kasimpasa last term.

He was a regular in the Kasimpasa side, making 26
appearances, but the Turkish club could not take up
the option to buy him at the end of his loan spell.

And it is unlikely Alanyaspor could make the switch
permanent because last August Omeruo signed a contract extension with Chelsea, keeping him on the
club’s books until July 2019.

Despite watching his compatriot Victor Moses establishing himself under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this season, Omeruo concedes he may have to look elsewhere for regular football.

“Last season I had an opportunity to go to one of Turkey’s biggest clubs [Besiktas] but the deal collapsed two days to the end of the transfer window,” he added.

“This season I was lucky I could find a place where I could still play because they want me to come to Alanyaspor.

“My priority is to play at the top, to find a place where I get to play regularly.

“Next season will be interesting because I’m looking to be in one of the top leagues, so we’ll see what happens.”

Omeruo joined Chelsea from Belgian side Standard
Liege and has since been on loan at ADO Den Haag in Netherlands and twice at English side Middlesbrough.

Despite not making a competitive appearance for Chelsea, Omeruo was called up by Nigeria for the first time in January 2013 and went on to play at that year’s Africa Cup of Nations and Confederations Cup and at the 2014 World Cup.

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