Official: 6 ft 1 in Chelsea defensive rock joined La Liga club

Leganes have confirmed the signing of Chelsea centre-back Kenneth Omeruo on a five-year deal. Nigeria international had been on a season-long loan at the Madrid-based club and was hopeful that a permanent switch would be agreed on this transfer window.

The Spanish club had lodged €4.5m bid, and it is thought the deal has gone through for that amount. “The football here suits my style, and the La Liga club provides a stable platform for me,” Kenneth told BBC Sport in March. “The opportunity to play against the best footballers in the world is massive for my career.

“There is an option for Leganes to add me permanently and hopefully that will happen. “The London club management have never stopped me from making important career decisions, and they’ve been very supportive. “It will be a decision between both sides, but I hope I’ll be a Leganes player for the next season and beyond.

“I deserve stability in my career as a footballer. Leganes and Spanish football provide me with the continuity and right environment for career growth. “After enduring instability with different loan moves, it’s time to settle down with my young family finally.

Nigerian centre-back has never made a competitive appearance for the London club since joining from Standard Liege in 2012 and became Chelsea’s 32nd loan exit of the summer when moving to Madrid last year.

The 25-year-old defender, who has won 51 international caps for Nigeria, previously had loan spells at ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough and Alanyaspor, alongside two separate periods at Kasimpasa.