Bristol City have completed the signing of Czech international centre-back, Tomas Kalas.

The Robins have managed to stave off competition from Old Firm giants, Celtic and Rangers, as well as Championship rivals, Hull City.

The fee is in the region of £8 million, a club record fee, and it is reported that the 26-year-old has signed a four year contract at Ashton Gate.

Kalas made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in a 2-0 victory away to Liverpool at Anfield in April 2014. He has not appeared for the Club since May 2014. He has since enjoyed loan spells at Vitesse, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Kalas is the second former Chelsea player to sign for Lee Johnson’s side, following the permanent transfer of full-back Jay Dasilva.

Bristol City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “We are thrilled Tomas has committed his future to Bristol City for a club-record fee and I know it is a signing which City supporters have been eagerly hoping for. A player of Tomas’ stature naturally attracts a lot of interest but we worked hard to secure his services which I believe shows a lot about our ambition. All credit as well to Chelsea who have been excellent to deal with regarding Jay (Dasilva) and now Tomas.”

All the best, Tomas!

Chris Bradford