It’s a sad, sad day for Chelsea fans as their current longest-serving player is leaving the club.
After legendary skipper John Terry left the club in the summer window following a 22-year stint at Stamford Bridge, it meant that 25-year old Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac became the longest-serving player despite never playing a game for them.
Delac was announced as a Chelsea player back in 2009 after impressing for Inter Zapresic. However, his career with the Blues hasn’t gone to plan, as it comprised of him being sent on loan nine times and failing to make a competitive appearance for the club.
The first image that comes up when you google Matej Delac has him looking like a FM regen pic.twitter.com/slCI8iSSqz
— LateTackleMagazine (@LateTackle) July 18, 2017
Chelsea's longest-serving professional player is Matej Delac.
He's been loaned out nine times and never made an appearance for Chelsea.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 18, 2017
His only time in between the sticks for Chelsea was a friendly in 2014 where he played just over half a game.
Now, it’s been confirmed that after nine loan spells, the legendary Delac is leaving. He’s penned a two-year contract with AC Horsen in the Danish top-flight and will join up with them in the summer.
— Danish Football News (@DanishFooty) April 3, 2018
OH SHIT CHELSEA HAVE SOLD MATEJ DELAC THIS IS NOT A DRILL https://t.co/k1lKD8x7rg
— Dávid Pásztor (@D_Peezy) April 3, 2018
Eight years of wonderful service at Stamford Bridge sadly comes to an end.
He leaves having never played for the Blues, but did have loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem (of course he did), Dynamo Ceske Budejovice, Vitoria Guimaraes, former club Inter Zapresic, Vojvodina, Sarajevo (twice), Arles-Avignon and Belgian outfit Excel Mouscron.
Speaking about his situation back in November in an interview with Goal, he said work permit issues derailed his progress.
“The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit,” he explained.
“Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you can not plan some things. As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can’t describe that feeling. I will remember the greatness of Chelsea FC, they raised me and taught me human and football manners
We’re looking forward to watching his testimonial match…