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Chelsea defender confirms he wants to leave the club: "I want to enjoy regular football elsewhere"


Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas says he would be delighted to make his move to Middlesbrough a permanent one.

The Czech Republic international has struggled to enjoy regular first team football at Stamford Bridge as he was loaned out to Boro during last summer's transfer window.

The 23-year-old helped Middlesbrough achieve promotion to the Premier League and says he is ready to stay at the Riverside Stadium.

"I don't know how many games I've played since I came, probably around 40, which is not bad in one and a half years," Kalas is quoted as saying by GazetteLive.

"That's why I came here [at Middlesbrough], to play games, and hopefully I'll keep playing next season - maybe here.

"If I could get the deal [to move to Boro permanently] I would really think about it. Yes, why not!

"After this ending [of achieving promotion], everything is brilliant. It's difficult to put into words under these emotions.

"It's been a successful year. We've started from nothing and built the team, and I'm just happy to be part of it.

"It was unbelievable to see the fans against Brighton. I don't think you have to say anything - even just in the warm-up it was amazing. We were saying 'are we playing in Wembley or the Riverside?'."

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