Andreas Christensen is yet to agree a new contract with Chelsea.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has insisted that there is no rift between himself and the club’s hierarchy in spite of his failure to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge. The Dane will be a free agent at the end of the season as things stand and is yet to agree extended terms with the European champions.
Chelsea have a number of players on their books that will be out of contract in the summer and Christensen is no different.
It has previously been reported that the 25-year-old had expressed a desire to stay at Chelsea into next season and beyond.
However, lengthy talks over a new deal have failed to come to fruition, leaving Christensen’s long-term future hanging in the balance.
He will be able to speak to foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement from January if his current situation is not resolved by the turn of the year.
It seems as though Christensen is still enjoying life at Chelsea, though, with the man himself revealing to Danish outlet BT that he is hoping to push through a deal over the coming weeks and months.
Christensen is yet to commit his long-term future to Chelsea
Christensen is yet to commit his long-term future to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)
“Hopefully soon,” he said when asked if he is close to committing his long-term future to the Blues.
“I feel valued, I’m happy but I do not get into the contract situation. I do not know why everyone thinks it is a bad situation, because I’m still happy and I enjoy playing football.
“I’m a player who right now enjoys playing football and the coach shows confidence [in me]. There is no bad relationship, there is nothing.
“I do not think about it at all. I enjoy playing football, so I do not know.”
Chelsea will be aiming to keep hold of Christensen for the foreseeable future after establishing himself as an important member of the side under Thomas Tuchel’s guidance.
The Blues are facing an uncertain fate at centre-back ahead of next season, with Antonio Rudiger’s current deal also set to expire in the summer.
The German defender has, like Christensen, failed to agree fresh terms and is reportedly being tracked by the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
It seems unlikely that Tuchel will be happy to let both players leave on free transfers, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva also in the same boat.
Chelsea will end up losing a number of key squad members if they are unable to tie them down, but Rudiger and Christensen could potentially be their highest priorities to keep.
A number of Blues stars will be out of contract in the summer
A number of Blues stars will be out of contract in the summer (Image: EXPRESS)
The former is arguably one of the Premier League’s best defenders and played a crucial role in helping the Blues to Champions League glory last season.
Meanwhile, Christensen’s development has accelerated following the introduction of a back-three formation at Stamford Bridge and the Dane would represent a solid option for the club in the years to come.
Tuchel recently suggested that Christensen will be good enough to keep his place at Chelsea on a long-term basis if he can maintain his current trajectory over the next few seasons.
“He can be a top defender for us in the next years and hopefully he will be because he comes from the academy,” the Chelsea boss told reporters last month.
“He knows what it takes and he has improved massively so far but it is not done yet. You have to show it over and over.
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