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‘All that I want’ – Christensen confesses Chelsea contract situation is ‘difficult’ but opens door

Andreas Christensen wants to focus on football rather than his “difficult” contract situation despite reminding Chelsea of what he wants.

Christensen could feature for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday. He will be aiming to add another honour in what could be his final season with the club.

The Denmark defender is out of contract in the summer. As things stand, he looks more likely to leave than to stay, despite a contract saga of twists and turns.

But until he signs an agreement elsewhere, Christensen belongs to Chelsea. They could yet have hopes of convincing him to stay.

Now, ahead of the cup final, Christensen has put talks over his future to one side – despite having a clear stance.

He said (via the Mirror): “Things can still be done. Being part of a winning team is all that I want to be as a football player.

“It’s hard because all the talks between the club and my guys, I try to keep it away because I want to focus and it’s not changed for me.

“I go on the pitch every day not really thinking about it – I leave that to the club and my guys, and I can focus on playing football.

“I just focus on winning, really. It’s a difficult situation.”

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Christensen has made 26 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season. In total, he has represented the club 153 times; Thomas Tuchel has given him 44 of those appearances, more than any other Blues boss.

Indeed, the 25-year-old points to Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea in January 2021 as a turning point for his career.

Christensen has become more consistent under Tuchel

He explained: “In the last few years, it has come together more like it should have been from the beginning.

“I’ve been here for so long, a lot of different managers as well, and it is hard for a young player to prove himself all the time. But coming from the academy, where people know me so well, it has been the last couple of years where I should have been for a long time at a comfortable level.

Andreas Christensen playing for Chelsea

“If I had to say something about myself, that is probably my biggest flaw, that I wasn’t consistent enough, but in the last few seasons I’ve been a lot better and being part of what we are trying now is great.

“In the end with Frank Lampard, I struggled to get the game time I wanted. But Thomas came in and knew me from Germany and I got the idea quite early. It has helped me massively.

“I had the space to make the mistakes that I made and still play, while earlier in the my career I might have struggled to get back in the team.

“It happens. We learn from them. He has helped me a lot.”

Christensen has won four trophies with Chelsea during his time in the English capital. He has particular fondness for those he played a bigger role in.

As such, he is hoping to expand his medal collection.

He said: “I was part of winning many of the trophies but, at same time, you don’t really feel like you deserved it because you weren’t playing. You’re a young boy who might have played the first rounds against the smaller teams and you don’t feel like you’re part of it.

“The recent years have been very good for me. I played the whole of the Europa League and the final (in 2018-19), then there was the Champions League, a big part of it, last year and most recent the Club World Cup.

“Being involved and feeling you deserve it is an amazing feeling. It’s what keeps me going. I want more trophies.”

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