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Chelsea look to hand long-term deal to star who has impressed Tuchel


Chelsea are eager to tie defender Andreas Christensen down to a new long-term contract, a report has claimed.

The centre-back’s current deal with the Blues runs out in the summer of 2022.

He had been subject to interest in January from AC Milan, who had considered signing him before taking his teammate Fikayo Tomori on loan.

Paris Saint-Germain are also said to have been interested. At the time, they were managed by current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

According to The Telegraph, Tuchel is keen to keep a hold of the Denmark international amid further interest from unnamed European clubs.

Christensen was used sporadically by former manager Frank Lampard. But he has featured heavily in recent weeks since the arrival of the German coach in January.

He replaced an injured Thiago Silva in last month’s 1-0 win against Tottenham and has gone on to start six out of the last seven games.

The latest of these was Thursday’s victory over Liverpool at Anfield, in which he was named man of the match.

After the game, Tuchel said: “Andreas stepped in in the middle of the first half against Tottenham, which was a really tough thing to do, and from the first minute he’s been absolutely impressive.

“He’s brave, strong in individual challenges, intelligent in the build-up and plays with a lot of confidence. I am absolutely happy with his performances and how he’s stepped up. He’s been a big part of our performances.”

The defender has reportedly been playing with a large gash on his knee, which makes his performances all the more remarkable.

Extending the 24-year-old’s deal to prevent him from leaving Stamford Bridge for free next year is on the agenda. But the club may have to wait until the summer to do so.

Tuchel’s strict style revealed

Meanwhile, Christensen’s teammate Antonio Rudiger has revealed the strict nature of Tuchel’s managerial reign.

In his 10 games in charge, the Blues are unbeaten and have conceded just twice. This run of form has seen them move back into the top four in the Premier League.

During this time, they have also progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals and secured a 1-0 first-leg advantage in their Champions League Round of 16 tie with Atletico Madrid.

In a recent interview, the 28-year-old explained that he and his teammates must follow the instructions they are given, or they will face the consequences – as shown by Callum Hudson-Odoi’s removal in the draw with Southampton only 30 minutes after he had come on as a half-time substitute.

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