The saga continues but the end is near it appears for Chelsea and Andreas Christensen. In the distance, one can only see one outcome happening from this long contract standoff, and that is Andreas Christensen moving to either, Germany or Spain.
With little left in the race to get Andreas Christensen to extend his stay beyond his current deal, the question has changed from if he will leave to who will he be joining in the summer. Since last year, the Blues have struggled to tie down several players to new long-term deals — like it’s been with the Dane and his contract situation.
Before the January transfer window opened and closed, news surfaced that Barcelona approached the centre back about a potential free deal at the end of this season. This put a kick in Chelsea’s step and the work began to stop a free transfer to a European giant like Barca.
Manager Thomas Tuchel had to come out and speak publically about Christensen, assuring all that there will be no issue with the defender extending his stay in London. This was understandable, considering there were many reports indicating that the club and the player had reached a gentleman/verbal agreement.
Andreas Christensen will respect Chelsea
Move on a month from January and the image is a lot clearer. As per Andreas Christensen, he has promised not to join another Premier League club in the event of a transfer happening — this out of respect for the London side.
"Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen will reportedly not leave to join a Premier League club ‘out of respect’ for the west London side.The Danish defender is out of contract in the summer and could be set to leave, with a host of clubs, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, interested in him.February marked 10 years since Christensen joined Chelsea but a decision on his future seems no closer.If he is to bring his time at Chelsea to an end, the 25-year-old will not join a Premier League club ‘out of respect for the Blues.’‘Barca have approached both Azpilicueta and Christensen. No full agreement yet.’"
With this being reported, it could be safe to say now already his 10-year run has run its course at the Bridge and an exit from Chelsea is on the cards for Christensen.
Barcelona swooping in for a double Chelsea steal
The La Liga club is rebuilding and rebuilding fast, with a direct attack on the Blues and their talented squad. Barca are said to be in for both, Azpilicueta and Christensen, with both men’s contracts expiring at the end of the season.
Azpilicueta is said to be keen on returning to his homeland and a contract has already been offered to the veteran; the contract is said to be two years long, with an option to extend by another year.
Throwing a bit of a spanner in the works is Bayern Munich; the Germans are keen to replenish their backline and see the Denmark international as the perfect long-term fit.