Barcelona finalizing the signing of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has been among the worst-kept footballing secrets of the year, with the Dane already set to move from England to Spain this summer.
The decision doesn’t seem to be welcomed very well by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, however, who seemed a little agitated by the constant buzz generated by the talks and even the fact that the player was constantly being chased and wanted to leave since last summer. . .
At a recent press conference ahead of Chelsea’s next Champions League meeting with Real Madrid, the German manager said that despite all the talk of the move, he was not worried about Christensen as he saw out the season.
“No worries about focus. Maybe it’s a bit harder for him. Maybe he’s cleared his future, I don’t know yet. Ultimately, as long as you’re my player, you are 100% committed, nothing less”, said Tuchel.
When asked why he thought Christensen decided to change the scenery, Tuchel said: “If he decides to leave, it’s his decision. As long as he is not our player, he is our player. He must be fully, fully engaged. You must ask him the reasons for his decision.
“He must not forget where he comes from. It’s just my opinion. The talks in the summer were constant. I hope my talks haven’t made him want to leave, but I don’t think so. You cannot take this personally,” added the German.
Tuchel hinted that he would have preferred the 25-year-old to stay at Chelsea and continue to develop his career.
However, the option of joining Barcelona is still a tempting prospect. Especially in such an exciting time for the club where youth play such an important role.
The Dane will arrive alongside Franck Kessie this summer to bolster the Catalans’ ranks for next season.