Chelsea signs Czech teenager Kalas

English champion Chelsea has signed Tomas Kalas, the 17-year-old

defender from the Czech Republic.

Chelsea and the player’s agency, Sport Invest Group, said Kalas

will stay with his Czech club, Olomouc, on loan next season before

moving to Stamford Bridge.

Other clubs interested in the player included Arsenal, AC Milan

and German Bundesliga teams Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim.

Details of the contract have not been released. Czech media

reported Olomouc could get 160 million koruna ($7.8 million).