Speaking to the Northern Echo, 21-year-old Czech defender Kalas has admitted that he wants to return to Boro next term, having played the final game of his current stay at the Riverside.
The Chelsea youngster said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, and I really want to come back. If I have that option [next season], I will take it. If I am to go on loan again next season, hopefully it will be here.”
Kalas signed on loan for Aitor Karanka’s men in January, making 16 starts and one substitute appearances as the Teeside club have kept their automatic promotion hopes alive. Due to the limitations on short-term loans, he is not able to extend his deal for the final two games of the season, and any potential play-off games that may ensue in Boro miss out on the automatic places.
It was a promising stay for Kalas, who endured a tough start to the season whilst on loan with Bundesliga side Koln, with whom he failed to make a single appearance. Switch to Boro was perfect for the defender, who has been tutored by Jose Mourinho, as Karanka is very much a purveyor of defensive solidity, and the Czech international has impressed.
Boro’s chances of promotion are still extremely high, and they would likely be able to secure a return for Kalas if they are playing in the Premier League next term. Much like Patrick Bamford, the Blues would surely prefer their two starlets to be playing in the top flight next season, and staying in the Championship could mean that Kalas has already played his last game for the Teeside club.