Borussia Monchengladbach have claimed they have no interest in re-signing Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen.
The 22-year-old spent two years on loan with the German side between 2015-2017 before returning to make his breakthrough at Chelsea and making 40 appearances under Antonio Conte.
This season though under Maurizio Sarri the Denmark international has been starved of Premier League game time and has made just three cup appearances.
He said: “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say, ‘okay, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’
“For me it’s not a loan again. Either it’s Chelsea or else he needs to leave.”
A permanent move to Monchengladbach has been mooted, but their sporting director Max Eberl told Sky Sports Germany that was not likely to happen.
“We’ve got an outstanding relationship with Andreas, but the topic is not currently on,” said Eberl. “We’ve got a top central defensive partnership, with Mathias Ginter and Nico Elvedi.
“Although we have some money to spend, I’ve heard that Chelsea will only sell Andreas if they allow him to leave, and the amount they will ask for is very large,” he added.