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Nigerian defender claims Chelsea deal

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Omeruo set to join AVB at Chelsea. (©GettyImages)
Omeruo set to join AVB at Chelsea. (©GettyImages).

Nigerian teenager Kenneth Omeruo has claimed that he's completed a deal to sign for Chelsea.

The 18-year-old defender, who has represented his country at U17 and U20 level, signed for Standard Liege last summer, but is expected to join Den Haag on loan after completing his switch to Stamford Bridge.

"It’s a very huge step in my career and I will grab it with both hands," said Omeruo on the move.

"I will continue to work hard until I fulfil my dream to play for a massive club like Chelsea."

The Eredivisie outfit had claimed last week that a deal was in place to bring a young Barclays Premier League player to their club on loan, but refused to give specific details on the addition.

That is now tipped to be Omeruo, and coach Maurice Steijn is hoping the paperwork can be completed quickly.

"I hope he can join our squad quickly if all the paperwork is completed," he told Omroep West.

As for the player's agent, Obinna Emelogu is confident his young client can make a major impact firstly on loan, and then in west London.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has invested heavily in young players during his time with Chelsea, and Omeruo will be the next to battle for a place in the side.

"He will be with the youthful Den Haag team for possibly a year or so to gain playing time and hopefully return to England to fight for a shirt in [the] Chelsea main team," Emelogu told MTNFootball.com.

"It’s a big challenge as a lot is expected of the player. I believe in him and I believe after a season with Den Haag, he will be ready for Chelsea."

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