Matej Delac finally leaves Chelsea after 8 years at the club

Matej Delac finally leaves Chelsea after 8 years at the club

- Chelsea's longest serving player leaves for AC Horsens

- Matej Delac joined the Blues in the summer of 2010

- The Croatian did not a play a single match for Chelsea

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Goalkeeper , Chelsea's longest serving player, is finally leaving for a move to Danish Superliga side AC Horsens.

Delac who joined the Blues in 2010 barely kicked the ball during his eight-year stay at Stamford Bridge and has been on ten loans spells away from the London club.

The former Croatia U-21 shot-stopper, has never even been registered for the Premier League, due to work permit problems, which has been the cause of his limitations.

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The 25-year-old is currently shining on loan for Belgian clubside Mouscron but will move to Denmark when his Chelsea contract runs out in the summer.

Delac was initially given a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea as a hot prospect but a year later he was off to the Eredivisie with Vitesse for his first loan spell.

And ever since then, he has had at least one temporary stint abroad, but the Croatian insists he is still glad he joined Chelsea.

He said in November: "Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret.
"Your career can always be better, but I am 25 and have been through so much, met many coaches, players, gained experience.
"The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit."
He added: "Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you can not plan some things.
"As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can't describe that feeling.
"I will remember the greatness of Chelsea FC, they raised me and taught me human and football manners.
"And of course my first game, in Ljubljana vs Olimpija, when I played with Fabregas, Costa."

Delac also praised Blues' manager Antonio Conte.

Speaking of the Italian: "Delac added: "Conte is great worker, professional, even when Chelsea is not doing well.
"I know it is just a phase and Conte will find a way out."

Horsens are sixth in Denmark's top flight and is being managed by ex-Kidderminster striker Bo Henriksen.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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