Omeruo joins Leganes on loan, as Ola Aina leaves Chelsea for Italy

Chelsea and Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined La Liga side Leganes on a season-long loan.

Omeruo takes Chelsea’s tally of players currently out on loan to 32 and has never made a competitive appearance for the Blues since joining from Standard Liege in 2012.

The 24-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan in Turkey at Kasimpasa, before being selected for Nigeria’s World Cup squad.

He started two matches in Russia, helping his country to a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Iceland, before a late goal in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina which knocked Nigeria out.

Ola Aina

Leganes, who are coached by former Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino, finished 17th in La Liga last season.

On Tuesday, Chelsea confirmed the loan departures of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and defender Ola Aina to AC Milan and Torino respectively.

In a related development, another Nigerian international, Ola Aina, has joined Italian club Torino on loan – shortly after signing a new contract with Chelsea.

The 21-year-old defender spent last season on loan at Hull City, where he featured in 44 games.

However, Aina must wait to add to his three matches for Chelsea after new manager Maurizio Sarri gave the green light for him to spend more time away from Stamford Bridge.

Aina, an England youth international, has played five games for the Super Eagles, but failed to make the final 23-man World Cup squad.

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