Chelsea begin Christensen contract negotiations

Chelsea have begun negotiations over a new contract for Andreas Christensen, according to The Athletic.

It follows his stellar displays for club and country over the last few months.

The 25-year-old Danish international benefited greatly from a switch to a three at the back under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and showed ample glimpses of the promise and ability that led to the club signing him as a 15-year-old from Brøndby IF in 2012.

Christensen has made 74 Premier League appearances since that move and last season showed signs of finally establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Fondly called “The Danish Maldini” by a section of the Chelsea faithful, Christensen will be expected to play a major role at the heart of the Chelsea defence next season, with club captain César Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva in the twilight of their careers.

His current contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire at the end of the coming season and Chelsea are keen to cement his long-term future at the club.

The Blues are expected to follow that up by offering a new deal to Antonio Rüdiger, after Germany were knocked out of the European Championships by England in the round of 16.