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Chelsea sign teenage Czech defender Tomas Kalas


Chelsea have signed the highly-rated teenage Czech centre-back Tomas Kalas.

The 17-year-old will stay in his homeland on loan next season with his club Sigma Olomuc before moving to Stamford Bridge.

Kalas reportedly caught the interest of several top European clubs including Arsenal, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.

Details of the contract have not been released, although Czech media reported Olomouc could get about 160 million koruna (£5.2m) for the defender.

Chelsea academy manager Neil Bath described Kalas as a quick and athletic player.

"He is a very good one-on-one defender and comfortable on the ball," said Bath.

"We feel there is a lot of potential in the player, and we feel at the minute it is the right time to get him, but it would be good for him to stay there and get first team experience, and we look forward to him joining us next year.

"Obviously we will stay in touch and he will come across here when appropriate. He is a right-sided centre-half who can play right-back."

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