It is coming to the time of the year again when Chelsea’s decision makers will have to get together with Thomas Tuchel and start making plans for a number of players this summer.
In particular, there are a few contract situations that will need revising, and decisions will need to be made on a number of players whose deals are running out within the next year or two.
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To avoid losing some of these players on a free transfer next summer, the likes of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger will either need to be sold in the summer, or tied up to a new contract extension at Chelsea.
For both players the jury had been out for so long, but they have both undoubtedly been superb for Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel took the reigns in January, and the decisions are now not so clear-cut.
Christensen has been at Chelsea for almost 10 years now, coming through the academy ranks, and he has made it clear that he wants to sign a new deal, but there have yet to be any talks…
“I’ve shown that I’m here for the long run,’ explained the defender to the Chelsea website.
“I’ve been here almost nine, 10 years now.
“I’ve never doubted my decision [to come to Chelsea] and I’ve always been here for the long run. I accept that the club sometimes changes managers, and that can make it hard to always be in the team.
“After the loan spell [at Borussia Monchengladbach] I came back and played a good amount and since then it’s been a bit in and out, but it’s nice at the moment to play back-to-back games and my confidence is growing with each game.
“There have not been any talks [on a contract extension] yet, but like I said, I’m in this for the long run and I always have been. I feel like this is my second home. Denmark will always be my home, but Chelsea will always be my place.”