Chelsea need to keep Christensen if Cahill is on the way out

Andreas Christensen has suggested in an interview with Danish media outlet B.T. that he will leave Chelsea if he continues to be on the fringes.

What’s the word?

The 22-year-old impressed during Antonio Conte’s tenure last season, but since Maurizio Sarri took over, minutes have been hard to come by.

In fact, Christensen has made just three appearances in all competitions, and all of them have been in cup competitions.

Sarri prefers the centre-back partnership of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, which could force the Denmark international to look elsewhere.

While speaking to Danish publication B.T., Christensen said:

Now I’m 22 years old and I really want to play. In the last three seasons I’ve played, so it’s clear that I do not see me staying if my current situation is also in the future. It’s too early to talk about when to change, if I’m going to change, but it is clear that it is not a good situation for me.”

How should Chelsea react?

The young defender’s contract does not expire until 2022, so there is no pressure on Chelsea to either offer him fresh terms or to sell.

At the moment, the Dane, who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, is not a regular in Sarri’s team, but allowing him to leave would not be the best scenario for Chelsea.

Gary Cahill is in the same boat with regards to his future, so if he were to move on it would leave the Blues with very little cover.

Christensen’s time on the pitch is likely to be limited to cup games this season, but rather than push for a move in the winter window, he should reassess his options at the end of the season.