02/12/2021; 12:41 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Chelsea are riding a crest, and what could go wrong as the London outfit sits atop the English Premiership? The challenge for the club following their Champions League triumph is to confirm the team as the best in England.
The Premier League is the main focus, with competition for places at the club at a high.
A few of the Chelsea players will be free agents in January as their contracts will run out in the summer of 2022. Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen all have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. The club is eager to sort out the mess they find themselves in.
Talks over an extension to their deals have not progressed well, with both parties reaching a dead end, but Chelsea wants to be clear on what to do next.
Andreas Christensen is among the youngest of the club's defenders, and Chelsea is desperate to keep the Dane. The 25-year-old defender is yet to reach an agreement over the extension of his current deal.
A few days ago, the issue looked resolved, but Christensen made a U-turn amid new demands. The Dane is not satisfied with the £140,000 per week salary the club has offered as it is a far cry from what the strikers earn. Christensen wants a higher salary and a longer deal than what is on the table.
The defender has, however, received a stern warning from Simon Jordan. He has told Christensen to put pen to paper. He warned the defender that he needs to sign the contract before the club goes and signs a £50 million defender.
In the contract saga between Christensen and Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has featured prominently. The German manager was asked about Christensen’s lack of game time to which he admitted that it has to do with his contractual issues with the club.
In the pre-Watford press conference on Tuesday, Tuchel announced that the club is no closer to resolving the impasse. He said Andreas wants to stay at Chelsea, something the club also desires. The gaffer, however, said there was no good news at the moment.
Tuchel also passed the buck to Christensen, demanding the player act off the pitch the way he does on it.
z that he thinks it is a loss for the Dane. He said that Christensen has no reason not to sign the contract. He said that playing for one of the best coaches in the world and arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world with a deal that would make most people’s eyes water is enough reason to put pen to paper.
He further stressed that Christensen should worry about this contract and not the next one.