Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has signed a new contract which will keep him at Chelsea FC until 2018.
The 20-year-old defender, who is part of the Nigeria World Cup squad, said: ‘I’m thrilled to sign a new contract with Chelsea and am really excited about the future.
‘To play at such a fantastic club is a real honour for me and I’ll be working incredibly hard to be successful. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in England so far and can’t wait to get going.’
Omeruo operates mainly as a centre-back but is also comfortable on the right. He made one appearance for Chelsea Under-21s in November having recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined at the beginning of the campaign. He then spent the second half of the season on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship, where he made 14 appearances.
The Nigerian has already gained significant experience at international level, becoming an African champion last January before appearing in last summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.