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EXCLUSIVE: Ken Kallaste is on trial in Sweden

Angelo PalmeriComment

As revealed by Rumori last week in our comprehensive article about Estonian internationals situation in the transfer window, Ken Kallaste is being tested in Sweden.

According to Rumori sources, the 26-year-old left full-back (12 caps with Estonia) is on trial at Allsvenskan club, IFK Norrköping.

This is the club where Siim Luts was released from in July 2014. According to our sources, there was also an offer made to Enar Jääger who refused it.

IFK Norrköping ended season 2014 on the 12th place (12/16). The club from the eastern region of Östergötland has won 12 times the Allsvenskan. Founded in 1897, they participated in European cups for the last time in 2000-01 (UEFA Cup) when they were eliminated in the first round by Slovan Liberec.

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Son to Risto Kallaste, the famous performer of the flip throw-in (interview to Risto Kallaste here), Ken was born in Tallinn in 1988. His professional career started at FC Flora however he managed to become Estonian Champion with Nõmme Kalju in 2012.

He played against Sweden in September when Estonia lost 2-0 to...Zlatan Ibrahimovic! His performance was not one of the best seen as we rated him 5,5 (full rating description here

Ken is one of the most beloved players at Tallinn's club Kalju has he earned the nickname of ‘Raudmees’ – Ironman, since he managed to play an incredible streak of 116 games (10,440 minutes) in a row before being sidelined in a domestic league game in July 2013. It was ahead of the important Champions League preliminary tie against Viktoria Plzen and the then-coach Igor Prins opted for rotation.

His streak lasted from the 1st of May 2010 (the last time he was not picked in the XI) until the 27th of July 2013.

In the long interview with his father made in Spring 2013, Risto Kallaste spoke about Ken's future in the national team (Ken had only one cap back then).

Risto was hoping his son would get abroad as soon as possible and envisaged Scandinavia as a likely destination.

Meanwhile, with the arrival of a Swedish coach at the helm of the Estonian national team (Magnus Pehrsson) Ken managed to find continuity of call-ups and became one of the base players of Perhsson's 4-1-4-1.

A red card collected against Lithuania prevented him from playing against England whereas, an injury against Norway, sidelined him for the final part of season 2014.

Ken has recovered from his injury and started his season preparation with Nõmme Kalju admitting there've been interest from abroad (Scandinavia, Scotland and Poland too according to our sources).

More articles on Ken Kallaste here.