Kalas Joins Vitesse On Loan

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August 22, 2011

Chelsea’s teenage central defender Tomas Kalas has this afternoon joined Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan. The Dutch club have confirmed the move on their official website and will officially present the player later on Monday. Kalas, 18, signed for the Blues last summer but only arrived in England in January of 2011 after spending the first half of the campaign with his former club Sigma Olomouc, for…

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Rajkovic Set For German Move

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August 21, 2011

Respected Dutch football source Voetbal International are this evening reporting that Slobodan Rajkovic has signed for Hamburger SV. The 22 year-old Serbian international is believed to have agreed terms on a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side having failed to secure a work permit to continue his career with Chelsea. Loan spells at PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente (twice) and Vitesse Arnhem were not enough for Rajkovic to convince the Home…

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The Loan Report: August 15-21

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August 21, 2011

The Loan Reports is back. Every Sunday evening during the 2011-12 season, TheChels.net will take a look at Chelsea’s young loanees as they extend and further their developments by taking in spells away from Stamford Bridge. Two reserve team players headed out this week to take the current total at other clubs to five, and it’s a tally which is only going to grow in the coming weeks, with up…

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Youth Team Season Preview: Part Three – Breaking Down Chelsea

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August 19, 2011

To complete our preview of the forthcoming Premier Academy League, we take a look at Chelsea themselves. The Under-18s have a new manager and eleven new first year scholars, but very little will actually change. Adrian Viveash steps up from the Under-16 ranks to fill Dermot Drummy’s post, with the ex-Arsenal man taking over at Reserve level. That in turn means he will once again be working with a group…

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Doncaster Move For Lalkovic

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August 18, 2011

Chelsea’s young Slovakian forward Milan Lalkovic is reportedly close to joining Championship side Doncaster Rovers on an initial month’s loan, a move which would mark his first foray into professional football. Lalkovic, 18, is set to go straight into Rovers’ squad for their weekend trip to table-topping Derby County and will be expected to feature at least as a substitute. The Under-21 winger has been drafted in with something of…

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Youth Team Season Preview: Part Two – Other Opponents

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August 18, 2011

In today’s second part of our academy season preview, we take a look at the ten other teams Chelsea will face in 2011-12. The 28-game fixture list comprises 18 matches against the nine other teams in Group A, and ten fixtures against other academies in what are termed as ‘long-distance’ fixtures. Five of these are played at Cobham, and five of them will be played away from home. They tend…

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Youth Team Season Preview: Part One – Breaking Down Group A

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August 17, 2011

It’s baaaack. Okay, it might ‘only’ be academy football, but for some (read: yours truly), the start of the FA Premier Academy Season is as exciting as the big kickoff at the top levels. Another eight months of action is ready and waiting to unfold on Saturday mornings as the stars of tomorrow take the next steps in their fledgling careers. Chelsea’s Under-18 team has a new manager in Adrian…

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A Brief Youth, Reserve and Loan Round-Up

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August 16, 2011

In the past week or two, there has been plenty of action in the lower ranks at Chelsea, but little of it has been ‘big’ enough to constitute a full-blown report. Thankfully this is where a round-up comes into its own, so let’s take a look back at all the bits and bobs that have taken place of late. As you’ll already be aware, the Reserve team kicked off their…

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Reserves: Chelsea 3-2 Sunderland

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August 15, 2011

Chelsea began the defence of their Barclays Premier Reserve League title on Monday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over a talented Sunderland outfit. First half goals from Adam Phillip and Patrick van Aanholt cancelled out Oumare Tounkara’s opener before Milan Lalkovic clinched the win thirteen minutes from time after Roarie Deacon had levelled with his first touch. Dermot Drummy, coaching his first competitive match at this level, was able to…

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Reserves Ready For Title Defence

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August 12, 2011

Chelsea begin their defence of their Reserve League title this Monday at home to Sunderland as another campaign which promised much change kicks off with the status quo having been maintained. Once again, four of the twenty Premier League sides have opted not to participate in this year’s league structure, whilst a small group of others may find themselves distracted by involvement in the Next Generation League, a European Under-19…

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