Tomas Kalas set to return to Chelsea in January

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Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas will return to Stamford Bridge in January after failing to make a single appearance for loan club Cologne, according to German sport publication Kicker.

The 21-year-old - who joined the club for around £5.2 million in 2010 - was sent to Germany for the 2014/15 campaign to gain more experience of regular first-team football, but is poised to end his season-long spell early as a direct result of the lack of action.

Peter Stoger has gone back on the promise made to Jose Mourinho that initially brought Kalas to the RheinEnergieStadion, and now the Portuguese coach is ready to recall the Blues starlet in an attempt to give him another opportunity somewhere else.

The versatile youngster is unlikely to be short on options having made a positive impression during his brief spell in the Chelsea team last term, with Queens Park Rangers already sounded out as a possible destination for the Czech Republic international.

Harry Redknapp is eager to strengthen his QPR squad in the New Year as he looks to stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League. A switch to Loftus Road would mean that Kalas need not uproot himself again, and that could prove an attractive proposition for all parties.

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The Bundesliga would've been a great place for the Chelsea graduate to learn his trade, but there's nothing better than a chance to play in England's top-flight, especially if Kalas still holds aspirations of one day making a breakthrough in Mourinho's team.

His agent, Viktor Kolar, confirmed last month that Kalas already has a number of different options available to him, so his failed stint at Cologne should not reflect too badly on a player that has been tipped for a bright future in the game.

"We have been negotiating the situation surrounding Tomas Kalas and there are a number of options from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands," Kolar explained in an interview with "One of them indeed is Queens Park Rangers.

"We want Tomas to play regularly and would like to have his future sorted out before the start of the transfer window" - Viktor Kolar

"We want Tomas to play regularly and would like to have his future sorted out before the start of the transfer window, so that the matter is concluded to the satisfaction of all parties concerned."

It remains to be seen where Kalas will in fact end up, but what's clear is that he'll likely need to leave Chelsea if he is going to get any games under his belt this term, with competition for places in the first-team squad - particularly in defence - arguably at an all-time high at Stamford Bridge.

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