Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen will remain with Borussia Monchengladbach next season, according to the German club’s sporting director.
Christensen has caught the eye at Monchengladbach this term, starting 33 games in all competitions and winning the club’s player of the month award twice.
Chelsea are understood to have explored the option of recalling the 19-year-old in the summer, only one year into his two-season loan deal.
However, Max Eberl insists Christensen will complete his loan with the Bundesliga outfit.
“He has developed great and a lot of clubs are interested in him, but he will definitely play for Gladbach next season,” he said.
Chelsea have struggled at centre-back all season due to injuries to John Terry and Kurt Zouma, plus concerns over the form of the likes of Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.
With Christensen unlikely to return, Terry out of contract in the summer and Zouma likely to miss the start of next season, the Blues are widely expected to dip into the transfer market to bolster their defence.
Roma’s Kostas Manolas is reportedly incoming manager Antonio Conte’s main target, although reports on Wednesday suggested Arsenal are also interested in the Greece international.