Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen has spoken about the current state of contract negotiations, amid speculation that he will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Dane’s current deal with the Blues expires at the end of June, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona believed to be favourites to sign him on a free transfer. Christensen says talks over his future have been challenging and he has been trying to focus on his football:
“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.”
Supporters on Twitter are pretty unsympathetic about Christensen’s situation, with most calling on him to leave the club when the season is over:
He has to go.
— Peterdino Emmanuel (@Peterdino2) February 28, 2022
It’s not a difficult situation, you can leave.
— Ebuka 𓃵 (@Monii_montana) February 28, 2022
— ⁷E (@ftbleman) February 28, 2022
‘I keep away from it’ – it’s your contract and your future. You either want to stay at Chelsea or play somewhere else, it’s not that complicated
— Neil Roby (@Neil_Roby) February 28, 2022
Please he should leave. So unreliable.
— Comethru𓀃 (@iliverentfree) February 28, 2022
Bro I can’t be bothered with this guy right now
— Rasen – #WORLDCHAMPS 😭 (@RasenRendanX) February 28, 2022
— Awia Koko♥🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@sir_enock1) February 28, 2022
It’s time to let him go
— kerr⚡ (@Reecemount) February 28, 2022
If Christensen were to move on this summer, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The 25-year-old has certainly had some great moments in a Blues shirt; most notably last year’s Champions League final, but his inconsistency means he can’t always be relied upon.
Of course, losing him along with Antonio Rudiger and captain Cesar Azpilicueta would be a serious setback for manager Thomas Tuchel, and it will be hoped that if Christensen goes, the other two will end up staying.