Andreas Christensen has insisted he is “happy to be at Chelsea” with the defender currently in talks with the club over a contract extension.
The Denmark international has less than 12 months remaining on his contract with the Blues and his representatives are in dialogue with the west Londoners about extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Christensen has featured eight times in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel so far this season, but did not start in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Southampton at the weekend.
The Dane is still an integral part of Tuchel’s plans, though, and is set to be used constantly throughout a season where the Blues are fighting on a number of fronts.
Christensen, under Frank Lampard, was somewhat frozen out and his resurgence under Tuchel has put him in contention to earn a lucrative new contract.
Now, the 25-year-old, who has been with Chelsea since 2013, has opened up on his future with the Champions League holders and insisted he is happy with his current situation.
“It’s hard to say how things will end up. There is a lot of talk. I will not say too much, but I think it looks good. I am happy to be at Chelsea,” the Dane said, via TV3 Sport.
Tuchel is clearly a big fan of Christensen, as you can tell by the Chelsea manager’s comments on his defender following their 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier in the season.
He said: “Andreas has been very strong since day one. He plays in the central position and finished the game in the right position because we brought Thiago [Silva] on and decided to stay in a back five.
“He [Christensen] is very strong. Super talented. He loves Chelsea, he is a Chelsea boy from the academy. He has a huge impact.”
Tuchel added: “In the moment I think he feels the trust. He knows he can absolutely help. He is a top defender and top guy.
“I have the feeling he is growing every week in confidence and personality and self-confidence, which is good. He is doing fantastic since day one and getting better and better.”
Christensen is not the only defender whose situation at Chelsea in uncertain, with his Blues team-mate Antonio Rudiger also seeing his contract reach its conclusion next summer.
Rudiger has been strongly linked with a move away from west London in recent weeks, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid both said to be interested in the Germany international.
Tuchel has Rudiger, Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr as his centre-back options.
Source by Football London