Chelsea’s longest-serving player Matej Delac has admitted that his dream of playing for Chelsea is all but over after nearly eight years of signing for the Blues.
Delac joined Chelsea in 2010 as a youngster from Croatian side Inter Zapresic and was highly-rated by the Blues.
However, issues over a work permit and lack of experience meant the goalkeeper couldn’t feature for Chelsea and was sent out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem.
And with his eligibility problems ongoing, Delac has had nine further loan spells at other clubs and is currently with Mouscron in Belgium.
Now at the age of 25, Delac has accepted that he will never get to feature for Chelsea in the Premier League.
He said: “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.
“Your career can always be better, but I am 25 and have been through so much, met many coaches, players, gained experience.
“The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit.”
He added: “Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you cannot plan some things.
“As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can’t describe that feeling.
“I will remember the greatness of Chelsea, they raised me and taught me human and football manners.”