Chelsea youngster Matej Delac has decided to renew his contract with the club, penning a two-year extension, despite the fact that a work-permit has stopped him from playing for them.
The 21-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina national consented to a new deal at Stamford Bridge - where he has been on the books for four years - but has conceded that he expects to be loaned out again. According to Sky Sports, who relayed the news about the deal, Delac is sure he will be farmed out for what will be his seventh loan spell away from the club, but that hasn’t stopped him penning a new agreement to pledge his future to the west London giants.
Having signed for the Blues in 2010 Delac has yet to make an appearance for them, as work-permit problems prevent him from working in England. As such he’s found himself playing for numerous sides on the continent, amassing over 30 competitive appearances during his time away from Chelsea.
However, though his future ambitions concerning making his name in the Premier League may appear bleak, Delac was happy to consent to the two-year deal offered to him.
“My contract expired but I signed on for two more years. But I will not stay at Chelsea because I cannot get a work permit. So I will spend another year on loan.
"But I don't know yet where I will go. There are several options. In one week's time it will all be sorted out.
"But for now I am just happy that I can be with the Chelsea first team."
Courtois and Cech
Of course even if Delac was permitted to be part of the Chelsea set up one would assume he would find it an incredibly arduous task to break into Mourinho’s starting XI. Both Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech - arguably two of the finest stoppers on the planet - are going to fight it out to decide who claims the No.1 jersey, and the idea of a third ‘keeper having much of a look in just doesn’t seem feasible.
What’s more Mark Schwarzer still resides at the club, having too recently penned an extension to keep him on the Chelsea books, meaning there’s simply no room for Delac to stake a claim in the current climate.
Perhaps the best thing the youngster can do now is follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned Courtois and seek to force his way into Mourinho’s plans by making his name abroad. His previous loan spells have seen him ply his trade in Holland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia and his home nation of Bosnia, but it would certainly improve his chances were he to land a move to a more reputable division.
Courtois was able to announce himself on the world-scene through his time at Atletico Madrid, and the challenge he’s putting forward to Cech’s throne is largely based on his performances for Diego Simeone’s high-flying La Liga outfit.