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Chelsea exit for Christensen ruled out amid talk of AC Milan move

18:27 GMT+3 10/01/2020
Andreas Christensen Chelsea
The Danish defender, who has been linked with Barcelona in the past, still has a future at Stamford Bridge, according to Blues boss Frank Lampard

Andreas Christensen will not be heading out of Chelsea in the January transfer window despite being heavily linked with a move to AC Milan, says Blues boss Frank Lampard.

Speculation has suggested that the Denmark defender could be deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who are free to spend again after seeing a transfer embargo lifted, are said to be monitoring alternative centre-half options.

It has been reported that a big-money raid could be launched on London rivals West Ham for Issa Diop, with there remains a £40 million ($52m) buyback clause in Nathan Ake’s contract at Bournemouth.

In order to get either of those deals over the line, it was expected that Chelsea would look to free up space in their squad by parting with Christensen.

A move to Serie A has been mooted for the 23-year-old, who has previously sparked talk of interest from Barcelona, but Lampard says he has no intention of sanctioning a sale.

“I can rule it out,” he said when asked about the chances of Christensen leaving.

“I like Andreas as a player. I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through.

“What I want from Andreas to be is the best he can be. When you see him and you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly in choice of pass, then I think he can be all the things I want him to be and I want to work towards that. He knows that.”

Pressed on what he feels Christensen needs to improve, Lampard added: “The reality is we have competition at centre-back.

“They’re not easy conversations for me because I have to choose on what I see and generally most weeks, two of them won’t be that happy. One particularly not happy.

“But as with all the players I want to work on parts of the game I think they can improve and with Andreas you can watch him against Aston Villa and he was immense.

“He was great to watch, he had everything in a centre-back, and then sometimes if we are coming up against teams that are physical and ask a question then Andreas really has to stand up.

“I don’t mind saying it because I think he knows he needs to know that. But what I will say those little bits in his game can really make him the fantastic centre-half I think he can be.

“And he is certainly a player that gets slightly misjudged on age. I think he’s been around a long time and went on loan at a young age and did particularly well and people think that he’s probably older than he is. He’s still relatively young so that’s absolutely on his side.”

Christensen has made 12 appearances for Chelsea this season, but only eight of those have come in the Premier League.