?Internazionale are allegedly set to make a move to sign 21-year-old defender Andreas Christensen. However, Chelsea will not sanction the sale of the Denmark international in the January transfer window.
Christensen has been on the books at Chelsea since his move from Brondby’s youth setup in 2012. However, the Dane spend two seasons on loan with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, making 82 appearances for Die Fohlen across the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns.
Following the defender’s impressive loan spell in Germany, he has started to find regular game time back at Stamford Bridge, making 11 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions so far this season.
However, Christensen’s performances have impressed more than just Antonio Conte, with a host of clubs taking note of the Danish youngster, including Inter Milan, as reported by ?Calcio Mercato.
According to the Italian football news outlet, Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has been a long time admirer of Christensen however, Conte blocked an approach from the Nerazzuri in the summer and he’ll do once again in the January transfer window as the Italian wants to keep the defender at Chelsea.
Despite his young age, Christensen is already an experienced defender, having faced off against the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus before his 20th birthday, helping mould him into an imposing presence at the back.
With competition for places in the Chelsea back line highly contested, it may be a while until Christensen establishes himself as a regular fixture in the Blues’ first team. However, as his development continues, Christensen looks to be growing into a top class defender.
It has been two years since Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, but Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he still has trouble sleeping sometimes when he mulls over his old boss’ dismissal.
Before Mourinho was eventually sacked by Chelsea after a string of weak performances in an attempt to defend their Premier League title in 2015/16, a rumour circled that some of the players – including Fabregas – had plotted behind Mourinho’s back to try to get a manager to come in.
After the sacking of the self-proclaimed ‘Special One, Fabregas was labelled a ‘rat’ by some of the Blues’ fans and was even booed over the following weeks.
Fabregas said, in an interview with the BBC’s Premier League Show, regarding Mourinho’s Chelsea sacking: “I still wonder myself because it was such a shame. You go to bed sometimes and you think of many things and sometimes you cannot sleep.
“Still sometimes it bothers me because I could look from the outside as a fan and think, ‘these guys are not even trying’. But we just forgot to play football.
“You felt that those six months we were nowhere close to what we really were just a few months before. But it happened and I felt bad for it.”
Despite what happened Fabregas says that he remains close to Mourinho and revealed that he was the manager he felt the greatest connection to, other than his former mentor Arsene Wenger.
“We still talk today. He is probably the manager that I have had the best feeling and connection for. Apart from Arsene, the one I have the most contact with is Jose.”
Acadamy graduate Charly Musonda has told Chelsea he intends to leave the club in the January window, according to the ?Mirror.
Antonio Conte is said to be concerned at the decision and contests that Chelsea are desperately short of numbers and quality at Stamford Bridge. Despite this, the Belgian prodigy is seemingly decided, after growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of minutes provided by the Italian – making just four appearances this season, two being in the less-esteemed League Cup.
The relationship between Musonda and Conte could become increasingly strained as Chelsea seem somewhat reluctant to facilitate a move for the 21-year-old forward.
The pair already had an indifferent rapport, after the youngster took to Instagram to display his discontent at Chelsea regarding game time last month.
Over a black screen the post read: “You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should and what do you get back? Literally nothing… done.”
“However, with this being said I will continue with same dedication and commitment to this great game.”
It’s safe to assume things wont end on the best of terms between the Belgian and the Chelsea contingency when he does eventually get his move, especially if the forward swaps the Blue of West London for the Red of North London, with Arsenal reportedly interested.
However the recent ascension of 17-year-old winger Reiss Nelson through the Gunners own ranks, could put Arsene Wenger off trying to bring Musonda to the club.