Thomas Tuchel Hopes dropping Andreas Christensen Means He Stays

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Thomas Tuchel believes that removing Andreas Christensen will persuade the centre-back to extend his Chelsea contract.

Christensen’s contract expires at the end of the season, and his future at Chelsea is uncertain after a stumbling block in contract discussions. The European champions thought they were close to reaching an agreement on a four-year contract with a one-year option, only to hit a snag over the contract’s duration and terms.

Chelsea recently returned with a three-year contract offer, which they expected Christensen to accept, but dissatisfaction is rising when talks stagnated once more. Tuchel, who knows the 25-year-old will be free to negotiate to foreign clubs about a pre-contract agreement from 1 January, has refuted concerns that keeping him on the bench could hurt discussions.

“No, the opposite,” Chelsea’s manager said. “We have the hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit. 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.”

source : Guardian sport

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