Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is reportedly on his way out of Stamford Bridge in January. According to the Marca, the Danish star is being tracked by top clubs in Europe, including Barcelona.
The Spanish media further claimed that the Blaugrana will have to slug it out with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for the 22-year-old defender.
Christensen was a regular figure with the West London club under Antonio Conte as he was always the first name in the manager’s starting XI.
He appeared in 28 Premier League games throughout the previous season. However, this season has seen everything turned around for bad for the youngster as he seemed not rated by Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian manager prefers David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger’s combination at the heart of the defence.
So far, Christensen has failed to kit up for any Premier League game, though, he’s played five Europa League matches and two Carabao games.
If reports from the Spanish media is anything to go by, then, the player is certainly under intense pressure to make a decision over his future as Barcelona and Monchengladbach are both interested in his services.
Where should he go from here –Barcelona or Monchengladbach?
It should be recalled that Christensen spent two seasons on loan with the German club from 2015 to 2017.
His stay at Monchengladbach was a very successful one as he was given much time on the pitch. His regular and consistent performances with the club served as a catalyst to his development as it changed his career from being Chelsea’s outcast to Chelsea’s most reliable defender in just two years.
A return to his former club?
With his current status at Stamford Bridge, a return to Germany is very much likely to occur in January, however, it’s still unknown the price Barcelona are willing to table for his signature.
A move to Barcelona sounds good and nice for a player of his age but playing regularly isn’t guaranteed.
The Catalans are one of the best clubs in the world and it will be a great honour playing for such club at 22, however, it will be very difficult to get any game time under Ernesto Valverde.
Everton’s Yerri Mina should serve as case study for Christensen, despite all the Colombian qualities and no-nonsense display, he struggled to get things going during his short-lived stay at Camp Nou.
A certain Ousmane Dembele is equally struggling to find his feet at Camp Nou and according to reports, a move away from the Catalans is likely going to occur as soon as possible.
Camp Nou isn’t a place where youngster succeeds without much hard work and a huge commitment, hence, a move to the La Liga giants isn’t the best for now.
Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique are presently in form, injured Samuel Umtiti is another star player vying for a place in the manager’s first team.
It’s best for Christensen to go back to Monchengladbach to continue his career and prove a point once more. A move to Barcelona might sound good, however, it’s not the best for his career — at least for now.