Chelsea transfer Chief Marina Granovskaia ready to complete the first of three key Chelsea decisions

Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen has admitted that he is open to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge after seeing the door on his Blues career reopened by Thomas Tuchel.
The Danish centre-back has been an almost ever-present figure since the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss took charge towards the end of January.

Since Tuchel took over, Christensen has racked up 15 appearances, cementing himself as a key member in the German’s plans.

In comparison, the Danish international, who has been on Chelsea’s books since 2013, had featured just eight times this term before Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard, who was sacked towards the end of January following a run of five Premier League defeats in eight matches.

With his Chelsea career having now been given hope and optimism, Christensen has revealed that he is in it for “the long run” at Stamford Bridge, as he edges close to entering the final year of his contract in west London.

“I’ve shown that I’m here for the long run,” Christensen told Chelsea’s club website. “I’ve been here almost nine, ten years now.

“I’ve never doubted my decision [to come to Chelsea] and I’ve always been here for the long run. I accept that the club sometimes changes managers, and that can make it hard to always be in the team.

“After the loan spell [at Borussia Monchengladbach] I came back and played a good amount and since then it’s been a bit in and out, but it’s nice at the moment to play back-to-back games and my confidence is growing with each game.

“There have not been any talks [on a contract extension] yet, but like I said, I’m in this for the long run and I always have been.

“I feel like this is my second home. Denmark will always be my home, but Chelsea will always be my place.”

In recent weeks, Christensen has formed solid partnerships with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, with the four of them having all played key roles in completely transforming the Blues’ defensive standards under Tuchel.

In the 22 games the German has been in charge of, Chelsea have racked up 16 clean sheets, with his new-look 3-4-2-1 system working wonders.

Should Chelsea, as you would expect them to, present a new contract offer to Christensen this summer and he accepts it, it would tick off the first of three contract challenges club director Marina Granovskaia faces in the coming months.

Alongside Christensen, both Azpilicueta and Rudiger are out-of-contract at the end of next season, meaning Chelsea face the task of trying to tie them both down to new deals if they are keen to retain their services.

Whilst nothing does last forever in football, Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rudiger, as proven under Tuchel in the last few months, could be key in Chelsea’s hopes of progressing and launching a Premier League title charge next season.

As a side note, it could also prove to be vital that Chelsea thrash out contract talks with the aforementioned trio this summer if they are unable to extend Silva’s stay in west London. The Brazilian is out-of-contract at the end of this season and is yet to extend his stay with the club, meaning they will be a central-defender down.

 

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