May 11, 2021

Thomas Tuchel speaks out on Andreas Christensen’s Chelsea contract situation

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

Christensen’s Chelsea stint

Andreas Christensen joined Chelsea’s youth ranks in 2012, after departing his home country of Denmark.

And he has since gone on to endure an interesting stint with the Blues, which has, at times, seen Christensen struggle for first-team action.

The stopper spent two years on loan in Germany between 2015 and 2017, honing his craft with Borussia Monchengladbach, and earning a name as one of the top defenders in the Bundesliga.

Upon his return to Stamford Bridge, Christensen was then handed a prominent role in Antonio Conte’s setup.

However, Conte was replaced by Maurizio Sarri ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Sarri, who did not make use of a back-three/five like his predecessor had, in turn, didn’t use Christensen much, with the now 25-year-old having notched just eight Premier League appearances under the Italian.

And it proved a similar story last season under Frank Lampard. Christensen did feature more under the Englishman, but remained far from first-choice.

Since Thomas Tuchel took over from Lampard back in January, however, the 37-time capped international has established himself as a key figure for Chelsea.

Tuchel on Christensen’s contract

Christensen’s long-term future at the Bridge, though, remains somewhat up in the air at present.

This comes with the stopper’s current deal set to expire in 2022. If no new contract is signed, then it could be wise for Chelsea to cash in on Christensen in the summer, rather than allow him to leave on a free transfer the following year.

In turn, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Fulham, Thomas Tuchel was drawn on Christensen’s contract situation.

And the German went on to urge the stopper to do his ‘talking on the pitch’, assuring that he is happy to have Christensen at Chelsea:

“I think it’s the best if he talks on the pitch, and as long as he is on the pitch and as long as he plays like he plays, he has all arguments and all rights to be here.

“I think he is happy to be here, and I am happy that he is here.

“So I will not get involved in any other situation, talks or negotiations, I never did and I never will.

“But he speaks for himself on the pitch and this is the most important.

“And this is not the moment now to get distracted with any other issues.”

Quotes via the Daily Mail.

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