Chelsea's Croatian goalkeeper, Matej Delač, who was purchased from Inter Zaprešić in the summer of 2010, is now set to head out on his ninth loan spell. (Or tenth, depending on how you count them.)
Having spent the last six years out on loan in seven different countries with seven different clubs, Delač will now head to Royal Excel Mouscron, who play in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. You might remember Mouscron as the apparent loan club of apparent Chelsea loanee, Cristian Manea last season — before it turned out that Manea did not belong to Chelsea after all.
Having spent most of their season embroiled in a relegation dogfight, Mouscron have managed to stay afloat in the Belgian first tier.
In his time as a "Chelsea" player, Delac has been on loan at Vitesse Arnhem (Eredivisie), Dynamo České Budějovice (Czech first tier), Vitória de Guimarães (Portugese Primeira Liga), Inter Zaprešić (Croatian first tier), Vojvodina (Serbian first tier), AC Arles-Avignon (Ligue 2) and FC Sarajevo (Bosnian first tier, two spells). In his most recent loan spell, in Bosnia with FC Sarajevo, Delac suffered an ACL tear after making 13 appearances and only recovered just as the season was ending. To some surprise, perhaps, he travelled with the Chelsea first team to Austria but didn't register a single minute on the pitch.
Delač will turn 24 later this summer. His contract is up next year, though an actual Chelsea career has long since been ruled out for him. Still, good luck to Matej on his latest loan assignment!