Chelsea reject transfer approach for out-of-favour defender

Date published: Friday 30th November 2018 2:27 - Jamie Woodhouse

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Chelsea have turned down an approach from Barcelona to sign disgruntled Denmark international Andreas Christensen in January, according to The Mirror.

The Spanish champions are currently looking to address their alarming centre-back situation, with Samuel Umtiti now set to require immediate surgery on a persistent knee injury.

The World Cup winner has been plagued by the issue since the summer with the injury worsening in recent times, forcing him to miss their Champions League victory over PSV in midweek.

Doctors are now advising the Frenchman to go under the knife, but such a move would likely end the 25-year-old’s season there and then. That would force Barcelona’s hand in the January transfer market and with Christensen unhappy at his role under Maurizio Sarri, the Catalan side have made an approach for his services.

The Dane had spoken recently about his frustrations over a lack of playing time, but stopped short of requesting a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Sky Sports News he said: “Things are different from last season. I played a lot of games but this season it hasn’t been like that. It’s always difficult for a player but we’ll see what happens.

“If you asked every player that’s not playing if they’re happy, they’re going to say ‘no’. Everyone wants to play.

“I can’t do anything else but go back there, train and do my best. Every time I get that opportunity, I have to do well and show him (Sarri) that he can count on me.”

The 22 year-old-old signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Chelsea back in January, meaning the Blues would command a hefty fee to part with his services.

 

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