Chelsea send promising youngster on loan to Cardiff owner’s other club

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Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac will spend the rest of the season with FK Sarajevo, which is owned by Vincent Tan.

The battle for the Chelsea number one jersey is set to be between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois next season, but another up-and-coming goalkeeper on the Blues’ books is Matej Delac.

The 21-year-old stopper has been on the books of the west London club since 2010, but is yet to make a first team appearance.

In a bid to gain more first-team experience, the Croatian goalkeeper will spend the rest of the season on loan at FK Sarajevo.

The Bosnian club are owned by extravert Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.

Delac admitted that he was happy with the move, and is eager to help his new club to silverware.

"I came here after two or three months of negotiations," Delac said on the club’s official website.

"Now I am here and I want to help Sarajevo become the champion and also win the cup."

The spell will be Delac’s six loan spell away from Stamford Bridge in his time with Chelsea, with the goalkeeper also spending time at Vitesse and former club Inter Zapresic.

He has represented Croatia from under-15 level up to under-21’s, despite being born in Bosnia.

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