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Chelsea’s longest serving player confirms imminent departure

Chelsea goalkeeper Matej Delac will leave the club in the summer having failed to make a single appearance since signing a contract in 2009

Sorry Chelsea fans, we know it’s always hard when a club legend leaves.

Eight years after signing his first Chelsea contract Matej Delac has finally decided it’s time to leave for pastures new.

Delac agreed to join Chelsea from Croatian side Inter Zapresic when he was just 17, having already made his debut in the Croatian First Division.

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What could have been?

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What could have been?

But continual work permit issues mean that, at the age of 25, he’s yet to make a single first-team appearance for Chelsea.

Nine loan spells away from Stamford Bridge later and a permanent goodbye is firmly on the horizon.

Delac told SportSport: “Yes, soon will come a time I’ll have to leave Chelsea.

Definitely not Photoshopped

Definitely not Photoshopped

“Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret.

“Your career can always be better, but I am 25 and have been through so much, met many coaches, players, gained experience.

“The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit.

“Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you can not plan some things.

“As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can’t describe that feeling. I will remember the greatness of Chelsea FC, they raised me and taught me human and football manners.

“And of course my first game, in Ljubljana vs Olimpija, when I played with Fabregas, Costa.”

On one of many loan spells away from the club

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On one of many loan spells away from the club

Ahh yes, that sensational 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Olimpija.

Whatever happens in his career, Delac will always be able to say he saw Diego Costa and Kurt Zouma’s first goals in a Chelsea shirt.

Definitely one to tell the grandchildren about.