Christensen concerned about Chelsea standing as he mulls over future options

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The Danish defender has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and concedes that he is finding a lack of competitive football tough

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admits he will have to consider his future options at some stage after seeing his patience tested by a lack of competitive football this season.

The Denmark international enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge in 2017-18, with 40 appearances made across all competitions.

His efforts earned him the Blues’ Young Player of the Year award, with the 22-year-old being tipped for a bright future.

A change in the dugout has, however, seen Christensen slip down the pecking order, with Maurizio Sarri favouring a different system and options to Antonio Conte.

The centre-half, who has yet to feature in the Premier League this season, told Danish publication BT: “Right now, it's not a good season for me, but I have to find some way to get back on. How? I do not know, but it's up to me to figure that out.

“But right now it looks hard. We have good results and we play super football, which only makes it harder. It's hard for me personally, but for the team it looks great.'”

Christensen has found himself in a similar situation before, with two seasons spent on loan at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach as he waited for his chance in west London.

Another loan switch has been mooted ahead of the January transfer window and a man who spent the summer turning out for his country at the 2018 World Cup concedes that he will have a decision to make at some stage.

He added: “I cannot show so much patience again. I’m 22 years old and I really want to play.

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“In the last three seasons I’ve played a big role for the teams I have been with, so it’s clear that I cannot see myself staying if my current situation continues in the future.

“It’s too early to talk about change for now, and when that might happen, but it’s clear that this is not a good situation for me.”

Christensen first linked up with Chelsea in 2012 after seeing his obvious potential noted within the youth ranks at Brondby.

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