Marina Granovsakaia might be fearing a Real Madrid repeat as contract negotiations with Andreas Christensen drag on but Thomas Tuchel has an answer to save Chelsea’s blushes.
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It was an open secret for years around Stamford Bridge that Eden Hazard dreamed of one day playing for Real Madrid.
The fantasy of donning the iconic white strip of Los Blancos at the Bernabéu was always a force Chelsea and Marina Granovsakaia were going to succumb to at some point, it was of some pleasure his departure did not arrive till the summer of 2019. And as has become clear since the Belgian’s most inspirational days were enjoyed in west London rather than Madrid.
Although Andreas Christensen might not hold as much importance to Chelsea, the current pull to realise another dream might mean a repeat of the 2019 transfer this summer.
Christensen remains undecided on his future as the clock ticks down on his current contract which expires at the end of the season.
Barcelona and FC Bayern are both strongly interested in signing him, club sources from both confirm according to Fabrizio Romano.
Romano goes on to report that Chelsea’s current contract proposal remains on the table with the final call to be made soon.
Football.London thought the deal on a new contract had been agreed before an unexpected delay to negotiations when Christensen’s team wanted renegotiation, with the idea of a shorter deal.
That sparked frustration from the club, frustration that was vocally expressed by Thomas Tuchel in December when responding to question’s about the defender’s lack of game.
“We are waiting a long time now for confirmation. It’s on Andreas to act how he acts on the pitch off the pitch and walk the talk.
“He tells us he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay and be a big part because he is a big part of a big club. I think he is the perfect fit, he is not done yet here, his career here is not finished.”
Now with no deal struck and clubs circling for a pre-contract, the Dane could make a move away from Stamford Bridge that has been rumoured for some time.
The 25-year-old changed agents back in December and there is a belief that the agent holds a close relationship with the current Barcelona president Joan Laporta.
But in addition to that rumours of Christensen wanting a transfer to the Camp Nou stretch back to 2019 under Maurizio Sarri when Spanish outlet Sport claimed Barca wanted Christensen on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 season, with a view to signing him permanently for a big fee in the summer
Christensen’s delicate passing, physical profile and attributes naturally lends well to the possession heavy style of La Liga and Barcelona.
But losing the academy graduate would feel like a blow after indications in the past suggesting Chelsea’s hierarchy feared seeing a repeat of the Kevin De Bruyne situation and his rise in stature under Tuchel, playing a key role the historic Champions League final.
However, unlike with Hazard in 2019, Chelsea do have an insurance policy thanks to Tuchel’s ability to uncover another Cobham talent in Trevoh Chalobah.
The £16.2m rated defender by TransferMarkt has excelled under the German, quickly becoming a trusted member of Chelsea’s defence, despite not playing a minute of competitive football for the club before this season.
This would lessen the blow of losing Christensen, given Chalobah being three years younger and committing his future to Chelsea after signing a new deal to keep him until the summer of 2026.
It is why there is more fear of Antonio Rudiger leaving at the end of his deal given his incredible form and ability to play on the left side of Tuchel’s defence.