Friday, 16 July 2010

"People say that Arsenal are famous for their academy, but from what I could see during my days at Chelsea, that really impressed me. -- Tomas Kalas


New Chelsea signing Tomas Kalas has revealed he turned down moves to Arsenal and Germany in favour of the Blues.
The 17-year-old defender has reportedly penned a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2016, in a deal from Czech side Sigma Olomouc thought to be worth in the region of £5million.
Kalas has only made one appearance in the Czech top-flight so far, but the Blues have seen enough in him to offer him a long-term deal, although he will return to Olomouc on loan next season.
The youngster reveals he turned down moves to the Gunners, as well as German sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim, and instead opted on a switch to Chelsea.
"There were rumours flying around already during the spring, but at that time there were more clubs around me," he told iDnes.cz.
"It became more specific only after the U-17 European Championship in Liechtenstein in May. Chelsea scouts were present there.
"Then I, my dad and Olomouc were proposed a specific offer. But Mr (Frank, sporting director) Arnesen told me I had been on the list already before the Euro and they had been following me for two years."
On who else was interested in him, Kalas added: "Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim from the Bundesliga and apart from Chelsea also Arsenal.
"I have been to both German clubs and also Arsenal, but the best impression was left on me by Chelsea.
"People say that Arsenal are famous for their academy, but from what I could see during my days at Chelsea, that really impressed me.
"Even my dad thought of Chelsea as the best option. Moreover, I have been a Chelsea fan since I was a little kid.
"I am convinced I have made the right decision by joining Chelsea. After all, by this I am making my dream come true."

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