Thomas Tuchel admits gifted star is all set to leave Chelsea in summer
Thomas Tuchel admits he’s ‘not happy’ with Andreas Christensen after the Chelsea defender intimated that he will not be signing a new deal
The Danish defender has been given a chance to shine under the guidance of the German boss and has been impressive at times this season, but he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months
He has been in constant talks with Chelsea about signing a new deal at the club, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season, but as the club were unable to get a deal done, Barcelona have swooped in
It is believed that Christensen has agreed a move to join Barcelona at the end of the season, and Tuchel admits he’s ‘not happy’ that the defender appears likely to exit.
Asked about Christensen’s future, Tuchel said: ‘Well it’s in doubt, no?’
‘We hear the rumours and the situation with Andreas is also since many weeks clear and we are not happy about it because I personally and club representatives we think that it’s best for him to stay and we rely heavily on him.
‘He has not signed yet and you cannot not communicate [laughs]. This is also a signal to us and communication from his side is that he did not sign until now so we have to consider the possibility that he leaves us.
‘Will we like it? No. Will we live with it? Yes. Things are not personal. Never, never personal. But yeah, this can happen. I have no further information. No information at all.’
Tuchel says he will continue to select the Dane as long as he maintains the required professionalism expected at the club.
Asked whether he would consider dropping Christensen because of his move, Tuchel said: ‘I don’t think so because like I said if things happen then I try and normally it’s the best thing not to take it personally.
‘If things like this happen then he’s still our player and we will do what’s best for us. He’s a Chelsea player. He knows we appreciate him a lot. It’s a crucial point of his Chelsea career. It’s a crucial point in the perfect age in the perfect moment, the system that we play, the guys that play by his side…considering all these circumstances for me it’s the decisive moment for him to step up and be a huge Chelsea player for the next years.
‘If he decides otherwise I will not take it personally. It’s in the end not important whether I understand it or not, I will treat him as my player until the very last day if he behaves how he behaves here.’
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