Kalas ends Middlesbrough speculation by completing Fulham loan

Middlesbrough's Tomas Kalas applauds their fans

The defender had been linked with a return to Middlesbrough, but will now spend the season on loan at Fulham.

Middlesbrough's Tomas Kalas applauds their fansKalas spent 18 months at Middlesbrough

Fulham have confirmed via their official website that they have completed a season-long loan move for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, ending speculation of a return to Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old spent 18 months at the Riverside, where he was part of an impressive defence that conceded a league-low of 31 goals last season, helping Aitor Karanka's side secure automatic promotion on the final day.

Derby County's Andreas Weimann in action against Middlesbrough's Tomas KalasThe defender will spend the coming season on loan at Fulham

The Daily Mail recently claimed that the Teessiders were keen on bringing the Czech international back to the club, with another season-long loan deal mooted.

But the move to west London has put any speculation of a return to the north east to bed.

Milton Keynes Dons' Josh Murphy in action with Middlesbrough's Tomas KalasKalas impressed for Boro last season

Fulham are the fifth team to take Kalas on loan since he made the switch to Chelsea in 2010 as a 17-year-old, with previous spells at hometown club Sigma Olomouc, Vitesse Arnhem and FC Koln.

Middlesbrough's Tomas Kalas celebrates winning the  match after a penalty shootout with teammatesKalas will be hoping to get some more experience under his belt at Craven Cottage

Kalas has subsequently made just four senior appearances at Stamford Bridge, and the competition provided by Gary Cahill, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, and Matt Miazga, means was unlikely to add to that total this season.

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