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Chelsea's longest-serving player wants to leave - having never played a competitive game for them
25-year-old goalkeeper Matej Delac has been at Stamford Bridge since 2010.

CHELSEA GOALKEEPER MATEJ DELAC has admitted he is looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge, after spending seven years at the club without ever playing a competitive match.

The 25-year-old joined the Blues back in 2010, and is currently the longest-serving member of their first-team squad.

Dalec, however, has never even been registered in the Premier League due to work permit issues, and the Bosnian has spent almost off of his career on loan.

Now, he believes the time is right to seek a permanent move.

“Yes, soon will come a time I’ll have to leave Chelsea. Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret,” he explained to  SportSport .

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.”

Despite his frustration at remaining on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, Delac is grateful to all involved at Chelsea.

“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,” he said, while also backing manager Antonio Conte to turn things around after a mixed start to the current season.

“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.”

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