Spanish clubs battle to sign Chelsea’s longest serving player

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Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is Chelsea’s longest serving player following the sale of Czech Republic centre-back Tomas Kalas to Bristol City on Monday.

Omeruo has been at Chelsea since 2012 but he’s yet to make an appearance for the Blues, and has been part of Chelsea’s loan army since his arrival at the club, with his latest loan spell at Spanish side Leganes.

The 25 year old defender is currently in talks with clubs in La Liga after an impressive loan season with Leganes while he is also shining at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

According to Goal, Celta Vigo and Leganes are battling for the signature of the defender with Chelsea asking for upwards of €7 million (£6m/$8m) for the Nigeria international.

Leganes were leading the race to sign the 25 year old centre-back who can also play at right-back but their reluctance to meet Chelsea’s asking price for the defender has opened the door for other clubs in Spain, such as Celta Vigo.

Meanwhile, Omeruo has publicly declared his intention to leave Chelsea this summer.

“I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” Omeruo said, according to Goal. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.

“Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s the time when I need to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.”

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