Chelsea to sell talented defender to Premier League foe after bringing back John Terry

When Chelsea take on Middlesbrough in the Premier League next season they’ll be facing off against at least one defender who plans to make the team regret giving up on him.

According to the Sun, defender Tomas Kalas is eager to make a permanent switch to The Boro after spending the bulk of the last two seasons with the club on loan. The Czech back had two years left on his contract with Chelsea but is deciding to leave Stamford Bridge after the club chose to re-sign John Terry. He might have had a chance to compete for a spot on the roster had Terry left Stamford Bridge.

“I joined Middlesbrough to play games and that’s what I’ve done,” Kalas recently said. “If I could get a permanent deal I’d really think about it.”

Kalas made four total appearances for Chelsea in the 2013-14 season under then-manager Jose Mourinho, but the team ultimately decided to loan him out to Bundesliga outfit FC Koln before moving him to Middlesbrough in 2015.

In 16 months with the Championship side, Kalas made 43 appearances and helped the team clinch promotion to the Premier League after allowing the fewest goals in the division.

He signed a new deal with Chelsea last summer.

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