Chelsea keeper Delac admits he will go out on loan this season

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Croatian stopper Matej Delac is set to go out on loan again this season.

Yesterday saw the return of a Chelsea goalkeeper to the Stamford Bridge fold - as Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois returned to the club. The two time Zamora Trophy winner has been at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons - but Jose Mourinho believes now is the right time to bring him back to the club.

The 22-year-old is not however the only precociously talented goalkeeper the club have - he is not even the only one born in 1992 in this bracket.

Chelsea also have talented custodian Matej Delac on their books.

Delac sprang to international attention back in 2009 - when he became the youngest ever player called up to international duty with Croatia. Soon after and The Blues snapped him up from NK Inter Zapresic.

He has since spent time out on loan with his old club and in Holland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina - as issues over a Work Permit have seen him constantly loaned out.

This summer he has impressed on pre-season duty, and certainly looks like a player capable of big things in the future.

His contract has now expired for the past two seasons, with Chelsea deciding to extend it by a year each time. His current deal now runs until 2016 - showing there is certainly a degree of faith in his ability.

As for next season, Delac has again confirmed he will not be at Stamford Bridge. Once again he will spend time out on loan.

He told media in Croatia:

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"My contract expired but I signed on for two more years. However, I will not stay at Chelsea because I cannot get a work permit. So I will spend another year on loan. But I don't know yet where I will go. There are several options. In a week's time, it will all be sorted out. But for now, I am just happy that I can be with Chelsea's first team."

With Mark Schwarzer and Petr Cech both, for want of a better choice of words, 'getting on a bit' Delac will be hoping he can soon become the second choice for Chelsea behind Thibaut Courtois - but time will tell if he proves himself worthy of that standing.

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