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Tottenham have joined the queue of clubs interested in signing Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to reports. Christensen’s future at Chelsea is currently up in the air amid stalling talks over extending his contract beyond the summer and Spurs are one of several clubs keeping an eye on the situation.
The centre-back’s current deal is set to expire on July 1, meaning that from January he will be able to talk to other clubs about a free transfer.
Chelsea have made it clear they want to keep the 25-year-old, who has been at the club since the age of 14 and has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season.
But Christensen’s delay in signing a new contract has put a whole host of rival clubs on high alert over a possible bargain.
According to the Daily Star, Spurs have identified Christensen as a good option to bolster Antonio Conte’s defence in 2022.
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Tottenham are not alone in coveting the Danish international, though, with Manchester United, Manchester City, AC Milan and Barcelona all said to be monitoring developments.
Chelsea are desperate for Christensen to renew terms, with a potential problem brewing in their defence.
As well as Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are all also out of contract in the summer.
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Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has grown frustrated with the difficulties involved in Christensen’s contract negotiations.
The German admitted that the off-the-field issues had influenced his team selections, with Christensen finding himself on the bench last month.
“We have the hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit,” Tuchel said at the end of November.
“My understanding was that it’s a matter of a very short period before we have good news.
“As I understood it the club wants the same, the player wants the same, the coach wants the same: to stay. That’s why we need the commitment and then we can continue.”
He added: “It is on Andreas to act. How he acts on the pitch, he needs to act off it and walk the talk because he tells us that he loves Chelsea.
“He tells us that he wants to stay because he is a big part of a big club. I think he is a perfect fit and I think that he is not done here.
“His career here is, by far, not finished. But, like I said, it’s on him. We want the commitment and hopefully we get it.”
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