Date published: Thursday 20th July 2017 9:20
Matej Delac, Chelsea’s longest-serving player, says that he is one of 16 players waiting to be sold or loaned out.
With John Terry’s departure from the club this summer, goalkeeper Delac is now the Blues’ longest-serving professional.
The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in 2010, but has yet to actually make a first-team appearance.
In an interview with Goal.com, he has opened up on his experiences.
“I know about that fact, the fact I have the longest-running professional contract with Chelsea,” he said.
“This summer, people at the club told me that, we had a good laugh. Yes, it is a little strange but it is all football. Over the past few years, Terry, Ivanovic, Cech, Mikel and other experienced players have left the club so I have been here the longest!
“There is also Czech defender Tomas Kalas, who was among the first guys that came with me and also spent a lot of time on loans. Nemanja Matic was here before us, but then left, to be back three years later.
“Currently I am in London, and have been since July 1, training with another 15 players who are waiting for a loan or transfer. [Mario] Pasalic was also with us until recently but he has moved to the first team.
“It is true all of us players on loan are in a special WhatsApp group, where we regularly get information on who played best that matchday, who was especially good, who played how many minutes, who scored… everything. But mostly people from the club point out the guy who was the best that weekend.”