Borussia Monchengladbach director Max Eberl has expressed his desire to keep on-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen at the club.
The 20-year-old is now spending a second season with the Bundesliga club and Eberl wants him to remain with them for another season at least.
He told Sky Deutschland: “It will be a hard task but I am hopeful that we can do it.
“We probably won’t buy him but maybe there’s another way. And even if he has only been with us for two years, that would be a great story.
“He’s a top player. Chelsea are taking care of those players they’ve loaned out very well.”
Christensen has reportedly told Eberl he will return to Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte gives him a starting spot, but Gladbach will seemingly always remain interested in him.
Eberl added: “Andreas has said ‘if I can start matches for Chelsea, I will go back’.
“He’ll be a world-class player. Chelsea are not going to sell such a player to Barcelona or Bayern. So, another way is still possible.”