Tuesday 20 March 2018

Kalas back at Boro

Tomas Kalas is back at Boro on loan from Chelsea
Tomas Kalas is back at Boro on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is targetting automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League after securing a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough.

The 22-year-old Czech Republic international, who spent the second half of last season at the Riverside Stadium, was given special permission by the Blues to join the Teessiders on their pre-season training trip to Marbella, where he put pen to paper on Friday morning.

Now Kalas, who missed last season's play-off games because his loan deal had come to an end, is hoping to avoid the end-of-season lottery.

He told Boro's official website, www.mfc.co.uk: "Obviously I wanted to be involved. Those were something special at the end because you were playing for promotion and I didn't have a chance to help the team.

"It was a bit disappointing I couldn't play, but this is a new challenge and hopefully we can get promoted without the play-offs."

Kalas revealed he did not have to think twice after being offered the chance to return to the north-east, where he made 17 appearances for the club last season.

He said: "I'd already decided at the end of last season that if Chelsea would like to get me on loan again, this would be my first choice, so it was easy when I heard I could stay.

"It's been easy to adapt because I know the lads. I know Marbella because we came here last year, so it's been easy.

"I think we're still building the team. It's a mix of everything. Everyone is still working on it and I think we will be stronger than before."

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