As if losing to Spurs at Stamford Bridge of the first time in 28 years wasn’t enough, Chelsea have decided to bring another era to a sudden and tragic close.
On Wednesday, Chelsea’s longest-serving player, Matej Delac agreed to join Danish club AC Horsens on a free transfer. The 25-year-old (no, really) has signed a contract until 2020 and will join his new club on July 1st, when his Chelsea contract expires and clubs are allowed to register new players with FIFA.
Delac, who was last seen in action for Royal Mouscron in Belgium last season, spent some time training with his new club last month. In his storied, legendary, incomparable Chelsea career, the former Croatia youth international standout and future master level trivia answer collected about 9-10 loan stints, playing for teams in the Czech Republic, Portugal, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, France, Belgium, and of course the Netherlands.
After John Terry’s departure last summer, Delac became Chelsea’s longest serving player, having signed way back in 2009 (but joining only a year later).
The end of an era.— Ashley Connick (@AshleyConnick) April 3, 2018
Showing the legends proper respect: letting them go where ever they want for free.— AndersCules is moving to Wakanda (@AndersCules) April 3, 2018
Lack of leadership in the team and then we go and sell our longest serving player smh— Paul Lynch (@Lynchyboy2) April 3, 2018
When's the testimonial?— Matt Bell (@mbell88) April 3, 2018