Chelsea academy graduate Andreas Christensen has hinted he would extend his stay at Chelsea after favourable negotiations with the board. The Denmark international has been an important asset to Tuchel, starting all three of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season.
Having put in a stellar performance in the Champions League last season, the defender has established himself as one of the key performers for Tuchel’s team. However, there have been rumours surrounding Christensen’s contract extension as he is set to be a free agent at the end of the campaign.
Speaking to Danish publication Ekstra Blade Christensen insisted he is happy at Chelsea after a successful season with the Blues. He added “I know a lot is being said right now. I can not say too much, but I think it looks good.”
“We have won the Champions League and the Super Cup. I am very happy to be at this club and feel Chelsea are the right place to be in England.”
Having made his debut in 2013, the defender had struggled to get consistent game time under the previous managers, including Frank Lampard. Speaking on his previous struggles Christensen said “I know Thomas Tuchel believes in me. I have also played a big role since he came.”
“I had a very difficult period under Lampard, shortly before he was fired. Now luckily it’s going the right way for me. But yes, things can go fast in this world. The most important thing is just that I have never given up.“
Speaking to reporters after Chelsea’s valiant display to earn a point against Liverpool, Tuchel praised Christensen for his skills and performance. He added “Andreas is very strong since day one. He plays in the central position and finished the game in the right position because we brought Thiago [Silva] on and decided to stay in a back five.”
“He is very strong. Super talented. He loves Chelsea, he is a Chelsea boy from the academy. This has a huge impact. In the moment I think he feels the trust. He knows he can absolutely help. He is a top defender and top guy.“
“I have the feeling he is growing every week in confidence and personality, which is good. He is doing fantastic since day one and getting better and better.”