Croatian starlet sticking with Chelsea

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Chelsea have kept young Croatian keeper Matej Delac at the club this summer.

The 19-year-old stopper, who signed for Chelsea after 38 appearances in his debut season with Inter Zaprešić, is unable to play in England due to work permit issues.

After spending last term on loan at Vitesse in Holland, it was widely expected that the player would once again make a temporary European move.

However, after receiving no Eredivisie playing time whilst with the Dutch side, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has decided to keep the player on home soil for the forthcoming campaign.

"There I will spend this year because it was decided not to go out on loan," said the player with regards to sticking with the Blues.


Whilst the club are yet to pursue a work permit that would allow the player to remain and compete in England, it's thought that Chelsea have a chance of securing one for the teenager.

Delac has been called-up to the senior Croatia squad on a number of occasions as back-up. If permission is granted, then Delac could leave Chelsea for a lower-league English club when their loan window re-opens.

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