Chelsea have turned down a transfer offer from German club Borussia Mochengladbach for defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea have rejected the bid, believed to be around £14.25m, as they see Christensen as a potential first-team player in the future. The Dane was signed by Andre Villas-Boas back in 2012 on a free transfer from Brondby, and has played for Chelsea three times in all competitions since then.
Christensen, 20, is currently halfway through a two year loan at Mochengladbach, and impressed during his first year at the German club, winning the Fans’ Player of the Year award ahead of the likes of Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka. Christensen made 31 Bundesliga appearances during the 2015-16 season, scoring three goals.
Chelsea are reportedly happy with Christensen’s first season in Germany, where he developed quickly. His form at club level was rewarded with a international call-up, and he has since played for Denmark six times.
Given Gary Cahill’s indifferent form last year and that John Terry is likely to retire sooner rather than later, Christensen could well be a regular starter for Chelsea in a year or so, should his rapid development continue.
Chelsea believe Christensen should be ready for first-team football when he returns from his two year loan deal at Mochengladbach, when he could line up alongside French centre-back Kurt Zouma.
Despite having the transfer bid turned down, Mochengladbach could still receive more of Chelsea’s young starlets on loan, with the West London club happy with the treatment that Christensen has received whilst at the German club.