Tomas Kalas has hinted he would be open to the prospect of a permanent move to Middlesbrough this summer, according to Gazette Live.
The Czech defender has spent the past two years on loan on Teeside and his stoic performances in the backline were a major part in getting the North East side promoted to the Premier League.
With the nature of life at parent club Chelsea being what it is, the 23-year old may struggle to force himself into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.
Blues skipper John Terry recently penned a new deal in West London, while major changes are expected under incoming coach Antonio Conte.
Under Aitor Karanka, the central defender has excelled into one of the most formidable in the second tier.
He did only sign a new deal with Chelsea last summer, though Conte’s arrival could herald wholesale changes as he plots a major revolution.
“I don’t know how many games I’ve played since I came, probably around 40, which is not bad in one and a half years,” Kalas said.
“That’s why I came here, to play games, and hopefully I’ll keep playing next season – maybe here.’
‘If I could get the deal (to move to Boro permanently) I would really think about it. Yes, why not!’
Should Boro make signing Kalas a priority this summer?