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Chelsea’s longest serving player confirms he’s leaving and everyone’s making the same joke

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Chelsea’s longest serving player is set to leave the club, he has confirmed – but all is not as it sounds.

After John Terry’s exit at the end of last season, the player who’d technically been on Chelsea’s books the longest was little-known Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac.

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The 25-year-old, as you may have guessed, has never actually played a competitive game for the Blues, existing only as an extreme example of the club’s famed loan policy with young players.

‘Yes, soon will come a time I’ll have to leave Chelsea. Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret,’ Delac told SportSport, as quoted by Goal.

Joining as a teenager back in 2010, Delac has been loaned out an incredible ten times due to work permit issues, though that didn’t stop the tributes pouring in.

Although largely ironically, many Chelsea fans praised Delac’s loyalty for sticking it out at Stamford Bridge for so long without getting a look-in in the first-team.

Mostly though, a number of tweeters have noticed that Delac is narrowly set to miss out on a testimonial, which are usually offered by clubs to players who serve ten years on their books.

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