Kenneth Omeruo, currently on loan at Middlesbrough, stated he will be ready to play at Chelsea when he returns home.
The 21-year-old Nigerian joined the Blues in January 2012 and has moved to Boro in January 2014. He told BBC Sport: “I’ve gained great experience and wait for the chance to be in the Premier League next season.”
“I’m confident I can break into Chelsea’s first team at some point. Chelsea knows that too, if not I wouldn’t have a long-term contract.”
Formed in the Belgian side Standard Liege Omeruo had already been loaned to ADO Den Haag in Netherlands in an 18-month spell from 2012 to 2013, becoming an international regular.
The centre-back was first called up by Nigeria in January 2013 and he went on to play at that year’s Africa Cup of Nations, helping the Super Eagles win a trophy they were missing since 1994.
With Middlesbrough in his latest experience he has collected 14 appearances in his first loan spell, thereby agreeing another season-long loan deal: useless to say he has been a key player in the current campaign to help Boro fight for promotion and winning at Etihad Stadium with an extraordinary 0-2.
“We have been doing good the past few weeks. There are some games we could have done better but we are still in third place. We are looking forward to the next game and giving our best. Everyone knows in the club the target is to win the league or be second.”
“I am confident we will get promotion,” added Omeruo, who regards the second league as the most difficult in the country.
“If you look at the teams who were relegated last season from the Premier League, they are struggling to get to the play-offs positions. So that tells you how hard the league is. It is a strong, physical league and you have to always be mentally ready.”