Chelsea defender says he'll stay

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen says he will stay at Stamford Bridge this summer. This comes after the Denmark international had been keen to leave in January, having been frustrated at lack of opportunities

Chelsea defenders, Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso
The Dane, who was a regular in Antonio Conte’s final season at the club, was keen to depart in January after growing frustrated under Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues boss began the campaign with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his preferred centre-back pairing, leaving Christensen on the outside looking in.

But the 23-year-old became a more regular feature in the second half of the season, partially helped by an injury to Germany international Rudiger.

 
He played every game in the Europa League and ended the year with 29 appearances in all competitions under his belt - albeit only eight in the league, for a total of just 615 minutes.

However, amid growing speculation that Sarri is set to depart west London, Christensen says he is no longer thinking about leaving.

"I’m not wondering about my future now and I haven’t done that for some time,” he told Danish media while on international duty, preparing for this weekend’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Ireland.

“I’m happy to be in London and, with the way the season has evolved, there’s no reason to think about it anymore.

 
“I’m only 23, so it’s probably very wise to stay. It’s nice that there is peace and quiet and I can concentrate on playing football.

“I have always been happy but there have been times when I wanted to play more.

“If I can play as much in the future as I have done in the spring, then that’s fine.

“The end of the season has really been as good as it could. I got a lot of playing time and we ended up winning a trophy, so it couldn’t be better.”

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