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Chelsea’s Longest-Serving Player Tomáš Kalas Is Leaving After Nine Years And Just Four Appearances

Chelsea’s Longest-Serving Player Tomáš Kalas Is Leaving After Nine Years And Just Four Appearances

Chelsea's longest-serving player Tomáš Kalas will exit Stamford Bridge and make the move to Bristol City.

The Czech defender, 26, has been with the Blues for nine years and has only managed four first-team appearances.

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And Kalas has spent the major part of his Chelsea career out on loan and has played for six different clubs, including Fulham, Middlesbrough and Vitesse.

His latest loan spell saw him head to Bristol City and the Robins are ready to make him a permanent addition to their squad.

Chelsea snapped up the Czech Republic international from Sigma Olomouc for £5.2m in 2010.

And Bristol are expected to splash out a similar fee to snap up Kalas from Chelsea.

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The Blues are ready to cut their ties with the player ahead of Frank Lampard's arrival, who is the favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri at the club.

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Credit: PA

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson would welcome Kalas, who has also been linked with Celtic and Rangers, to the club on a permanent basis.

And the 38-year-old English manager said last month that he would love to sign the Chelsea player.

"It's difficult to talk about that one, because he's not our player," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I'd love to sign Tomáš, we're trying to get him but we're in a number of clubs who will be after Tomáš, he's a quality player and of course that doesn't come cheap, he knows that.

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Credit: PA

"Saying that, he really enjoyed his time here and we've got a great relationship in terms of me and him, he's got a great partnership with [Adam] Webster and Bailey Wright so he's got those connections.

"I'm hopeful, but it's a tough one because it won't be cheap."

Bristol City finished eighth in the Championship last season and Johnson will be hoping his side challenges for Premier League promotion in the following campaign.

Will Bristol City be promoted to the Premier League next season?

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Topics: Football News, Bristol City, Chelsea, Football, Premier League, Blues, stamford bridge, championship

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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