CSKA Moscow interested in taking a Chelsea defender on loan, according to reports

Ulet Ifansasti

The summer window is still a long way off, but already we're starting to see rumors

According to reports in Russia, CSKA Moscow have an interest in taking a Chelsea defender in need of minutes on loan for the 2014/15 season. The defender in question is center back Tomas Kalas, who has seen limited time on the pitch for the Blues this season.

CSKA have several holes to fill this summer, and might not have much money at their disposal with which to make those sort of moves. They currently sit fifth in the Russian Premier League, and it's very unlikely that they'll be able to overtake one of Russia's top two clubs in order to earn Champions League money. More likely, the club will be operating on a Europa League budget, or without European money at all.

The article has some "quotes" from Kalas, though I'm not going to bother including them in this article. Frankly, they just looked like some repackaged comments his national team coach made in January, which have subsequently been mangled by 43 trips through the amazing Google Translate machine. The report also goes on to claim that Chelsea have no interest in selling Kalas at the moment, which I would assume goes without saying.

Personally, I'd have absolutely no interest in sending the youngster to Russia. The level of competition isn't good, the pitch conditions there are terrible, they have a short season with an extremely long winter break, and the social and political climates there are something best avoided at the moment. Frankly, it's hard to believe that Chelsea couldn't find hundreds of better destinations for the player should they decide to send him on loan. Still, with the impending addition of Kurt Zouma along with the likely John Terry extension, a loan for Kalas next season would probably be in the best interest of all parties involved.

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