As you may or may not have read in various news outlets whilst enjoying a relaxing Sunday, Jan Šebek is supposedly joining Chelsea this summer, signing a professional contract on July 2nd. However, it is CFCnet’s desire to inform you of the inaccuracies in these reports, and set the record as straight as it can be.
Since they’re fairly high profile, let’s use the Sky Sports piece and break it down. Jan didn’t join Chelsea on trial in 2007, he arrived as a scholar, as almost every foreign youngster arriving at the club does. He suffered a bad injury early in his Blues career, and then suffered some personal issues which affected his stay in England. The club allowed him a leave of absence to deal with the problems, and he was loaned to his former club, Viktoria Plzen, to ensure he still got regular football.
He came back to Chelsea in the summer of 2008 ready and able to fight for a starting spot in the Under-18s, but put in some shaky performances. and things weren’t looking great. But the giant Czech continued to work hard and when injury ruled out both Rhys Taylor and Nic Heimann, he was handed a chance in the Reserve team. He seized it with his giant hands, securing a rare individual and team clean sheet against Arsenal, and looking the talented goalkeeper Chelsea signed in 2007.
The only newsworthy part of the stories doing the rounds right now is that Šebek will sign professional terms in early July, which is fine reward for a player who has had his struggles at the club, but has worked hard and under the tutelage of Mark Beeney and Christophe Lollichon can currently consider himself the third-choice goalkeeper at the club, a duty he served in the final months of last season. He’s been a Chelsea player for two years, and hopefully will continue to be for some time into the future.
Hope that clears some things up.