Chelsea and Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen has made clear his desire to stay at the club, despite his lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri this season.
The Dane has found his minutes restricted in 2018/2019 as he has primarily featured only in the cup competitions, appearing in the Premier League on just four occasions.
It’s not hard to see that his gaffer doesn’t yet trust him and normally this would make the player’s future at Stamford Bridge look in doubt, however the Blues appear set to not be able to sign anyone in the next two transfer windows meaning they will have to hold on to what they have.
Here’s what Christensen said when asked to clarify comments to a Danish media outlet about his future and on his fellow academy products starting to get their chances:
“I have not had a conversation with the club and they have not told me I am staying. I said I would like to stay. There has been no conversation but I can say what I want to happen and that is definitely staying.
“I still have a long contract and I am still proud to be a Chelsea player. It has been six years, almost seven and for me it has not changed.
“I see myself as a Chelsea player and hopefully I will keep being that.”
“We have a couple here now, me, Callum (Hudson-Odoi) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) – I have played with Ruben since I was 16.
“If you are not playing, you get jealous. We are hungry to play and everything we work for is getting in the team.”
So many times in modern football we see players kicking up a fuss when their future comes into question, but not Christensen, he wants to stay and wants to play – a refreshing attitude.
We’ve seen the hungry 24-cap man’s quality before and it’s just a matter of proving it to the new gaffer after waiting patiently for his opportunity to arise.
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The current situation will be frustrating for the 24-year-old, however he’s getting game time in the Europa League and if he can help fire the West Londoners to European glory, he’ll be well on his way to becoming the next John Terry.