Tuchel hopes dropping Christensen leads to contract renewal

Date published: Wednesday 1st December 2021 8:18 - Will Ford

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel looks towards the dugout

Thomas Tuchel says he hopes dropping Andreas Christensen will convince the centre-back to extend his contract with Chelsea.

Christensen’s contract expires at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal have been slow.

The Blues believes a four-year deal with a one-year extension was close to being agreed before Christensen and his representatives pushed back over the length and terms of the contract.

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Chelsea are now said to have returned with a three-year offer, but talks are still stalling.

The 25-year-old – who will be free to talk to prospective suitors in January should a new deal not be agreed – hasn’t featured for the club since November 6, but Tuchel dismissed claims that leaving him out of the team could hurt negotiations.

“No, the opposite,” Tuchel 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.”

“I have no good news. That was my understanding weeks ago – that Andreas wants the same as me, that he wants the same as the club, and that’s why for me it was a zero problem situation because everybody wanted the same as far as I understood it. But we are waiting a long time now for confirmation.

“It is on Andreas to act. How he acts on the pitch, he needs to act off it and walk the talk because he tells us that he loves Chelsea. He tells us that he wants to stay because he is a big part of a big club. I think he is a perfect fit and I think that he is not done here. His career here is, by far, not finished. But, like I said, it’s on him. We want the commitment and hopefully we get it.”

Saul Niguez, who hasn’t started a Premier League game since his less than impressive debut against Aston Villa in September, could be forced into action against Watford on Wednesday, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic both out and Jorginho a doubt.

The Spaniard’s struggles have led to suggestions he was not a Tuchel signing and a Spanish report has claimed that Chelsea signed the midfielder as a favour to the player’s agent.

“A club signing?” the German said. “We don’t do this. Until now we didn’t do club signings and coach’s signings. We do signings because we decide together because we believe it’s a good pick and a good addition to the squad, and this was exactly the case.”


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