Tomas Kalas claims he can be the man to replace John Terry at Chelsea
Chelsea youngster Tomas Kalas says that he wants to emulate the success of John Terry at the Premier League club.
The 20-year-old made a successful start to his Premier League career with a solid display against Liverpool during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at Anfield – a result that proved a massive dent the Merseyside club’s title aspirations.
When asked about whether he has the potential to replace Terry in the coming years, Kalas told The Sun, “If I say yes, I show myself to have a big head. If I say no, it’s like I don’t have confidence – it’s somewhere in between. But confidence-wise, yes I think so.
“If I wasn’t confident to start or come off the bench, then I shouldn’t be here.”
The Czech Republic international joined Chelsea for a reported £5.2m as a 17-year-old from Sigma Olomouc and spent two seasons on loan at Eredivisie club Vitesse before returning to Stamford Bridge last summer.
Kalas continued by stating that he has the utmost respect for the Chelsea captain, going as far as saying that the 34-year-old was his idol when he was a youngster.
“I always watched Chelsea and wanted to play for them. It was because JT was my idol.”
“What marked him out as my star player was how he read the game, his experience, his heading – everything.
“It was a dream from the moment I signed to be at the club for a long time like JT and become a legend. But I can’t begin to compare myself to him yet.”