Chelsea v Burnley: Match in Pictures
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Chelsea officials have been left in a difficult situation after centre-back Andreas Christensen seemingly changed his demands for a new contract. Christensen, who has shone under Thomas Tuchel, is out of contract at the end of the season.
Chelsea could be facing something of a defensive crisis next summer.
The Blues are facing the very realistic prospect of losing Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger for nothing.
The four defenders are all out of contract, and it seems no progress has been made on extending any of their deals.
Talks have been ongoing for new deals for both Rudiger and Christensen, and reports suggest Chelsea officials felt they were close on the latter.
However, after a contract was reportedly verbally agreed, the defender changed his demands leading to an impasse, reports The Telegraph.
The Danish international was apparently ready to put pen to paper on a five-year contract, but is now set to be free to negotiate with a new club in just 50 days’ time.
Christensen will be free to discuss terms and sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from January 1, leaving Blues officials sweating.
The defender has shone under Tuchel this season and has been integral in the Blues’ rise to the top of the Premier League table.
Christensen opened up on his future earlier this week and expressed his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge.
“Hopefully soon,” he replied when asked when he would sign a new contract.
“I feel valued, I’m happy but I do not get into the contract situation.
“I do not know why everyone thinks it is a bad situation.
“Because I’m still happy and I enjoy playing football.”
Despite the uncertainty over his future, Christensen is refusing to take his eye off the ball as the Blues hunt their first Premier League title since 2016.
He added: “I do not think about it at all.
“I enjoy playing football, so I do not know.”
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