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Bulka highlights unmet promises behind decision to leave Chelsea

Promises not all kept

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June 30 will mark the end of contracts of several Chelsea players. One of them is young 19 year old academy goalkeeper, Marcin Bulka, who took part in the preseason under Maurizio Sarri last summer, showing glimpses of his talent but never got a chance to prove it.

Today, Bulka gave an extensive interview to Polish broadcasters, TVP Sport, where he revealed his contractual situation, described Sarri’s working methods and schedule, his reasons for leaving Chelsea and his disappointment at not being called up for the U-20 World Championship.

Earlier in May, it was reported that Bulka had signed a pre-contract with PSG but so far there has not been any official confirmation and Bulka, too, is keeping his cards close to his chest.He assures that we will know about his decision soon.

At the moment Chelsea, but the contract expires on June 30 and then I will be a free agent. I know where I stand. The situation is slowly becoming more or less clarified. Soon, it will be officially confirmed, with whom I will sign a contract. I told you earlier that I would leave Chelsea. I talked to many people from the world of football, it was not a secret. I informed the club that I would not sign a new contact.

Last summer, Kepa Arizzabalaga arrived at Chelsea for a World record sum and the club signed Willy Caballero and Robert Green on a 1 year contract for the second and third goalkeeper spots respectively. This saw Bulka slowly getting relegated out of the first team squad by the start of the new season, though that seems to be just one of the several reasons behind Bulka’s decision to not extend his stay at the club.

I left Chelsea not only because of Kepa, but there were also several other aspects that we talked about after the preparations for the season last year and which were not met.What I have been told has only come true in a few percent.We did not quite get along.That’s how it looked, but I did not get a chance. I have no regrets about Sarri. It seems to me that not putting me out was not just his decision.

I wanted to go on loan, but I was not let go. Yes, I chose to see if I would regret it or not, but it seems to me that I will not. I thought about this decision for a very long time and chose that after the season I will be a contract and I will be a free agent.

Chelsea have always been accused of not providing first team chances to academy players leading to speculations that youngsters in future would think twice before signing for the Chelsea academy but almost every Chelsea graduate has seperated the player education and development strategy provided by the Chelsea academy from the club’s youth integration strategy. There is a lot to learn from just spending crucial years in the Chelsea academy even if it may not translate into first team chances. Bulka thinks the same.

No, never in my life. It was the best decision I could make and I certainly do not regret it. I grew up there as a footballer and as a person. I’ve been taught a lot of things.

- Marcin Bulka; source: TVP Sport

Good luck to Bulka for whatever lies next.

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