Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship club Middlesbrough, making 22 appearances.
The deal with the Turkish outfit includes an option for a permanent contract at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
“I’ve come to Turkey to reciprocate the club’s determination to bring me here. I want to show the manager and the fans that they have made a good choice and I am completely focused on breaking into the squad and prove myself here,” the centre-back is quoted as saying on BBC Sport.
“They have strong faith in my ability and I need to prove it. Last season was difficult because of injuries which affected me both at club and international level but I have put all that behind me.
“Kasimpasa approached Chelsea in a professional manner and the chance to test myself in a top league is very challenging.”
Omeruo joined Chelsea in 2012 from Belgian club Standard Liege before moving to ADO Den Haag in Netherlands on loan between 2012 and 2013.
He made 14 appearances in his first loan at Boro between 2013 and 2014. The Riverside outfit missed out on a top-flight slot after losing to Norwich in last season’s Championship play-offs.
Omeruo has been capped 28 times by Nigeria, including appearances at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the Fifa Confederations Cup and last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.