Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea expect good news on future of £31.5m Chelsea star
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has suggested that Andreas Christensen is close to signing a new long-term deal.
Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Thiago Silva are the Blues’ four centre-backs, and their contracts expire next summer.
They are prioritizing new contracts for Christensen and Rudiger, although the latter may be on his way out due to significant wage disparities.
Tuchel stated earlier today in his press conference that Christensen and the club want the’same thing,’ and that he expects’some nice news’ in the coming days.
“For Andreas, from my point of view, everyone wants the same thing,” he told football.london. “What the coach wants, what the club wants, and what the player wants are all the same things.”
“Hopefully and obviously, I anticipate good news in the coming days, but each case is unique.
“You can wind up in circumstances like this, but the issues are handled extremely carefully, professionally, calmly, and maturely on both sides.”
“We can create performances that we need to achieve our goals during the process, and that is the most crucial.”
During Frank Lampard’s first half of last season, Christensen was mostly out of favor, but his fortunes changed when Tuchel took over in January of this year.
Silva broke into Tuchel’s Premier League plans after suffering an injury against Tottenham Hotspur, and he has since played a key part for the Blues in all competitions.
Despite the stiff competition for spots, the Denmark international has started eight of the league’s eleven games this season, as well as having a constant presence in the Champions League.
He is in the peak of his career at 25, and the Blues’ management will be trying to reach an agreement on his contract after hitting a snag in talks this summer.
The board thought they were close to a settlement, but agency demands and Christensen’s desire to sign a three-year contract resulted in an unexpected stalemate.
Tuchel’s answer earlier today suggests that the Blues are on the verge of a breakthrough. They’d want to extend his stay for another five seasons if possible.