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Christensen wants first-team football at Chelsea


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Andreas Christensen is keen to return to Chelsea but has fired a warning to manager Antonio Conte that he wants first-team football.

Christensen has become a key player for Borussia Monchengladbach during his two-year loan spell at the club, who have reportedly had £14.25 million offer to make the move permanent rejected.

However, the 20-year-old - who is highly regarded at Chelsea - says he has his heart set on competing at Chelsea but insists he does not want to sit on the bench.

"The main thing is, to play. That’s the main thing that I want for my future," Christensen told Goal. "It is all about playing football and that’s it. [Playing at Chelsea] That is an ambition of mine, to play over there in the first team but right now I am not thinking about the future.

"I am not thinking about Chelsea and what they are doing and what I am doing. I am focusing on what Borussia is doing. I am just really looking forward to playing games and hopefully qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League."

Christensen is half-way through a two-year loan stint at Gladbach and last season won the club's Player of the Year award after establishing himself as a key figure in their defence.


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Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in Christensen, but the Denmark international denies that there has ever been any contact with the Spanish giants.

"Some of these things like that [Barcelona rumours] come out of nowhere and you don’t know where it is coming from," he continued. "I try not to concentrate on it but it is a part of football, I am not sure there was truth in that one.

"I am thinking about what I am doing this season because I really need to push after the first good one. So now I am just really looking forward to push for the second season and try to develop as a footballer even more."

Christensen received limited playing time at Chelsea prior to joining Gladbach temporarily, making just one appearance for the Blues in a 2-1 League Cup win over Shrewsbury under Jose Mourinho. 

He has admitted he was surprised to see former boss Mourinho join Manchester United after he was sacked by Chelsea in December, with the club just one point above the relegation zone. 

Christensen added: "I didn’t see that one coming when I left Chelsea [Jose at Man United] but he had to do what’s best for him so no hard feelings.

“It is weird to see but that’s the way it is. I think he will be good, he is always a success really. He will give them a winning mentality which is the main thing, he will make them win and he wants to win."