epa06831018 Kenneth Omeruo (L) of Nigeria and Jon Bodvarsson of Iceland in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd, Russia, 22 June 2018.
Thursday Feb 21, 2019. 10:00
Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo believes he can still make the grade at Chelsea, though he insists that is not a priority at this stage of his career.
Omeruo has been on Chelsea’s books since 2012 but he has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club, having been repeatedly sent out on loan.
The 25-year-old Super Eagles player has represented ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa, Alanyaspor and his current club, Spanish La Liga side Leganes, all on loan from Stamford Bridge.
Despite this, Omeruo told TribalFootball that he still feels a strong connection to the Blues and harbours hopes of representing them in the future.
“Of course I do feel an emotional connection with the club. You know without them, I wouldn't be where I am today [without them],” explained Omeruo.
“The club took a chance on me when I didn't even believe that it was possible and I have had the opportunity to travel, play in other leagues and improve myself and also play in the national team as well.
“Definitely, being a Chelsea player has really helped and I have no regrets at all.”
When asked about the prospect of playing for Chelsea, Omeruo replied: “Well, in football anything is possible. I feel I can still make it in Chelsea but it is not my priority right now.
“My main priority is to keep playing, play in the major leagues, prove myself, play at the highest level and one day, if I play for Chelsea okay and if not, there are other clubs, but I want to play in the biggest clubs, play in the Champions League.
“So, this is my main aim, not just to play in Chelsea.”