Report: Former Celtic target Tomas Kalas wants a move from Chelsea this summer

By David Walton

May 7, 2019

Previously linked Celtic target Tomas Kalas reportedly wants to leave parent club Chelsea this summer.

The Czech Republic centre-back has spent numerous loan spells away from Stamford Bridge over the years. At 25-years of age, however, he now wants to move permanently, according to Football London.

Celtic were only linked with the centre-back two months ago. Rangers were also apparently interested in him too, and this reported decision to eye up a summer move could prove to be fruitful for the Hoops.

Tomas Kalas has international experience with Czech Republic (Jon Bromley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kalas signed for Chelsea back in 2010. He’s made just four appearances in those nine years, being incredibly out of favour. In every single year since signing, he’s been farmed out on loan. These have included spells at the likes of Fulham, Middlesbrough, Vitesse Arnhem, and Koln respectively.

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Throughout his entire senior career, he’s still managed to rack up over 200 appearances. Therefore, he does have good experience in some competitive leagues.

Kalas’ latest loan spell has come at Bristol City this season. He’s featured in 35 occasions for them, with the club sitting in eighth place in the Championship.

Defensive recruitments are this summer’s necessity

There’s absolutely no denying Celtic need a big and successful summer of defensive recruits. The club are likely going to lose both Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic in the summer. That alone means that two signings must be made to keep things competitive.

Dedryck Boyata looks like he’s off (MB Media/Getty Images)

Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic are striking up a fine partnership at the back. But despite that, an injury to either leaves Celtic struggling for options if both Boyata and Benkovic depart.

Kalas certainly has the experience, and is a towering presence. He’s never experienced the pressure of a club that has to win week-in, week-out, however. His lack of game-time at Chelsea means that the pressure of Parkhead would be new to him.

But he has racked up 19 appearances at international level. A permanent switch to Glasgow could give him the chance to add to that tally.

Kalas has played just four times for Chelsea (Will Russell/Getty Images)

He’s the kind of talent Celtic should be keeping an eye on. He continues to have real potential that’s yet to truly be discovered, and a move to Celtic could be exactly what he needs to settle down.

Neil Lennon, or whoever the manager is next summer, needs to recruit wisely at the back. Failure to do so, and we’re in trouble for the Champions League qualifiers.