Now confirmed as the new boss at Hull City after Marco Silva's switch to Watford, former Russian national team manager Leonid Slutsky is ready to begin the work of building his squad for the forthcoming Championship season. Looking to take Hull right back to the Premier League after their relegation, Slutsky has confirmed in an interview to Sky Sports that he’s held club held talks with Chelsea regarding potential loan deals — having already been linked to Tomas Kalas a couple days ago.
"In the Championship we have some loan options. It's four players from one team, and it's a possible situation to get some players from Chelsea. We spoke with [Roman Abramovich] about this situation, but it's not the absolute option. If we need some players, I think it's possible. Chelsea have a lot of serious players - 37 on loan altogether, all over Europe. I think we will have some opportunities but I won't speak about each player."
Before landing this new job, Slutsky spent the last six months in London, attending Premier League and youth league games, mostly at Chelsea and sometimes alongside Abramovich himself, with whom he has a close relationship.
"I am very thankful to Mr. Abramovich - he really helped me. He recommended me to Riversdown school [for English lessons] and helped me with tickets for each match, and I watched a lot of training sessions at Chelsea. I don't think he will be disappointed with his decision to help me, but he can't help me on the football pitch."
-Leonid Slutsky; Source: Sky Sports
Slutsky can repay Roman’s faith by giving proper playing time to a few Chelsea loanees this season: a win-win situation!