Contract rebel still feels ‘valued’ and puts timescale on Chelsea renewal

Date published: Wednesday 10th November 2021 8:40 - Neil Foster

Hakim Ziyech, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andreas Christensen

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen remains calm about his contract situation and is happy to keep playing his football and let things take care of themselves.

The 25-year-old has been with the Blues since February 2012, spending a season as part of the club’s youth setup. But it was not too long before the centre-half was handed his senior debut for the Stamford Bridge outfit. That came in October 2014 when he played the full 90 minutes of a 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town.

The Dane spent two seasons on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach and gained valuable top-flight experience with the German outfit. He made 62 Bundesliga starts across two seasons before returning to west London in the summer of 2017.

The former Brondby youth star has gone on to make 88 Premier League appearances and 140 in all competitions. However, he will be out of contract at the end of the season.

He is one of several Chelsea stars whose deal expires in summer 2022. Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta will all be free agents in seven months time.

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The European champions can still do something about that and will be working behind the scenes to sort their contracts out. Christensen has been a regular for Thomas Tuchel this term, starting eight Premier League games.

There has been plenty of talk in the media about a lack of progress on a new contract. But the Scandinavian is unconcerned and just content to be plying his trade at the Bridge.

When asked when he might sign an extension, he replied to the club’s website: “Hopefully soon. I feel valued, I’m happy but I do not get into the contract situation.

“I do not know why everyone thinks it is a bad situation. Because I’m still happy and I enjoy playing football.

“I do not think about it at all. I enjoy playing football, so I do not know.”

Christensen wanted in Spain

Christensen still has plenty of time to ink fresh terms. But, if the saga drags on for too long, he will be free to negotiate with foreign clubs in January.

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And there is one particular Spanish giant waiting to pounce, according to Fichajes. Atletico Madrid are said to be are looking at ‘zero-cost’ options to improve their squad.

Christensen fits that bill if his deal runs down in June next year.

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