Chelsea goalkeeper Matej Delac is spending this week training with Danish side AC Horsens with a view to joining them on a permanent deal in the summer, as per Horsens official website.
The 25-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2010 from Croatian side Inter Zapresic and is currently the club’s longest serving player, even though he’s never actually played a competitive game for them.
The former Croatian U21 international has been loaned out a staggering nine times in eight years, to clubs like Vitesse, Vitoria de Guimaraes, Vojvodina, Sarajevo and Mouscron, but he’s never been able to make the break through into Chelsea’s first team.
With Thibaut Courtois clearly the club’s number one goalkeeper, and with Willy Caballero firmly established as the reserve option, Delac couldn’t see any way of making an impact at Stamford Bridge and as such, he’s decided to make the move to Denmark.
Cesc Fabregas reveals Chelsea’s plans to stop Lionel Messi
Cesc Fabregas has warned Chelsea must do everything to make Lionel Messi “feel uncomfortable.”
Former Barcelona midfielder Fabregas insists that stopping Messi will be the key to Chelsea pulling off a result in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Chelsea star Fabregas will face Barcelona superstar Messi in their showdown but says he will feel even more motivated because he is up against former team mates.
Fabregas said: “If I am lucky enough to play, it’s true that we (Fabregas and Messi) are positioned in nearby areas of the pitch, stopping him will be difficult but I will try to do everything possible so that he feels uncomfortable and can’t put together a perfect performance.
“I see him (Messi) as a rival who wants to win, and I want the same thing. We are in different teams and each player wants what is best for their own club. Obviously, you always have respect for each other.
“I don’t mind playing against my past, against my friends. I like it, the feelings have always been positive ones. I did it with Arsenal and now with Chelsea, I’ve felt pretty good on both occasions.
“It doesn’t bother me to play against my previous club or old friends, it motivates me. As I said I am really motivated I want nobody to doubt that I want the best for my current club. In fact, it gives me extra motivation.”
Chelsea are underdogs as they head to Barcelona because Messi scored a precious away goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last month. It was the first time Messi had ever scored against Chelsea.
But if Chelsea can repeat the 2-2 draw they got in 2012 on the way to winning the Champions League then it will take them through.
Fabregas said: “We must work together and take advantage of our opportunities, to play our game – I’ve trained tactically more at Chelsea more than anywhere else and you can see that on the pitch.
“We must start the match with a positive outlook because if we do not, then we will struggle. That has to be the mentality with which we go into this match.
“We can’t start at the Camp Nou with a negative mindset, it must be the opposite, we have to enjoy this big match.
“This will be a complicated match for us for sure, to go 90 minutes in the Camp Nou is a massive ask for any away team, but we are prepared and looking forward to the challenge.”
Fabregas says that he is not even sure whether he would celebrate against his old club if he did score on Wednesday night but insists he will be determined to stop Lionel Messi and Co.
He added: “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it (celebrating) at all. I’ve only scored two goals this season and it’s been a while since my last goal.
“There are feelings at such a moment that you can’t predict, I can’t definitively say I won’t celebrate, but it’s unlikely I would.
“I don’t think I’ll get many chances due to the position I play, what [Antonio Conte] asks of me is different to others. You never know in football and I hope it can happen, but I haven’t thought about it.
”My return in Barcelona is not important. The game between Chelsea and Barça is all that matters.”
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has returned to training but is still a major fitness doubt for the Chelsea game with Philippe Coutinho cup tied and unavailable.