Yesterday it was confirmed that Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas would spend the 2014-15 season out on loan with German outfit 1.FC Koln. The recently promoted Bundesliga side have snapped up the player as they hope to fight off relegation back to 2.Bundesliga next season a tough challenge indeed considering the toughness of German football's top flight at the moment.
But in Kalas they have a great talent. The 21-year-old Czech international was sensational for Chelsea last season in his solitary Premier League starlet. He tamed Luis Suarez as The Blues defeated Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield toward the end of the season.
But with Kurt Zouma arriving from Saint-Etienne, not even the imminent departure of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain could help Kalas in his hopes of regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge next season - so a loan deal seems the best option for now.
Kalas has been handed the number three shirt at Koln and the former Vitesse loanee has now spoken about his move to German media - admitting he hopes to lead Koln to mid-table safety and not a scrappy relegation fight:
"I hope I will be better than the others and play! And I want to end up with the team in mid-table. And not in a relegation battle. Cologne is not a step backwards for me. At Chelsea I hardly played. No, Cologne is a step forward! It's no problem for me that Cologne is not such a big club like Chelsea. The Bundesliga is on the same level as the English league. I look forward to my time here."
Kalas, who was suffering with a gastrointestinal infection picked up whilst holidaying in Egypt, certainly seems up for his season away from Chelsea.
And The Blues will hope he improves even more - as with John Terry not getting any younger, Kalas might still have a long-term future with the club yet.