Kenneth Omeruo has given reasons why he has to quit Chelsea after several loan stints away from the London club since he signed for them in 2012.
Omeruo, who joined Chelsea at 18, is the club’s longest-serving current player, but all his time there has been spent on loan.
He told SCORENigeria it was time to enjoy more stability in his career especially after he got married and now has a daughter.
“It’s time to find a place, to be my own man, I’m married with a baby now so I need stability,” Omeruo said.
“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.”
He added: “I don’t want to be that player who because I can earn money staying at Chelsea, just sits and waits for injuries or maybe an FA Cup game to play.
“If you’re not going to use me, then let me go and play.
“I’m realistic, I know Chelsea have so many amazing players, central defenders as well.
“It’s just the opportunity. I haven’t been given one. If I get one, I’ll take it but I can’t just sit around.”