Tomas Kalas is keen to make his loan at Fulham permanent after two years on loan at Craven Cottage from Chelsea.
The Czech centre back, who came on for the final ten minutes of the Whites’ Championship play-off final win against Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday, has told Czech website isport that he is considering continuing his career elsewhere after eight years at Stamford Bridge, during which he has made just three first-team appearances.
Kalas admitted he would be attracted to staying with Fulham and helping Slavisa Jokanovic’s side establish themselves back in the top flight and revealed that he has instructed his representatives to sort out his future swiftly.
There is an agreement that Fulham must buy me or pay a loan fee. Now it’s in their hands. I would like to be somewhere else and settle down after years of waiting. If Fulham would buy me, I would be relieved.
At Fulham, until February, I played almost every game until I got injured and couldn’t get back in the team. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t go up automatically so we had to go into the play-offs but it was nicer to celebrate at Wembley. It was more valuable. It was the nicest experience I have ever had.
Fulham could be set for another summer of protracted negotiations with their near neighbours, who struck a hard bargain when the Whites wanted to extend the loan deals of Lucas Piazon and Kalas last year. Acquiring the highly rated 25 year-old centre half on a permanent basis could help bolster Jokanovic’s options in the heart of the defence, which must be on Jokanovic’s mind as prepares for the step up to the Premier League.