FC Koln sporting director Jorg Schmadtke broke silence on the situation surrounding failed Chelsea loanee defender Tomas Kalas
FC Koln sporting director Jorg Schmadtke told German magazine Kicker that the reason behind Tomas Kalas's failed loan spell in Germany is because he came to the club 'tired' and struggled to break into the established backline.
The 21-year-old Chelsea defender has found life hard in Germany and has voiced his concerns both to the press and parent club Chelsea who could recall him when the January window opens.
''I really don't know what the problem is,'' Kalas was quoted in The Express as saying last week.
''Koln plays well without me and the manager doesn't have any reason to change the defenders. But I still hope I will play. If not then a change has to come.
''I am in touch with Chelsea, but I don't have any exact news about my future. I didn't know I wouldn't play. The club came to England in the summer and told me they would like to have me there.
''At first they were happy with my performances but then I didn't play in any game. I don't know what went wrong. Chelsea are nervous and disappointed about my loan to FC Koln. We will be resolving my situation in the winter.''
Last season, the highly-rated defender was thrown in at the deep end by Chelsea who pitched the young defender up against the free-scoring Luis Suarez.
The Chelsea defender battled and fought with the now-Barcelona striker and came away from the game with lots of praise for his performance.
In Germany, however, it has been a different story and FC Koln sporting director Schmadtke told Kicker, as quoted by Sportal.de, why he has struggled to break into the side.
''It went goofy for the boy when he came to us,'' explained Schmadtke ''He was a bit tired, then the coach has to put together the best defensive unit. Therefore, Kalas could never prove it.''
Kalas, despite not having returned to Chelsea yet, has reportedly already attracted admirers, with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers among those interested in the signing the player.
After such a strong showing on his Premier League debut, interest in the youngster can come as no surprise even if his loan spell in the Bundesliga didn't work out.
At 21, the Blues defender has plenty of years left in order to prove he is a capable top-flight defender and the set-back in Germany should only be treated as a blip.