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Andreas Christensen is 'close to signing new contract at Chelsea worth £120,000 per week... after club initially offered him LOWER wages than his current £78,000-a-week deal'

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 26 days ago

Andreas Christensen is closing in on committing his future to Chelsea by signing a new deal worth £120,000 per week, according to reports.

The 25-year-old defender has become a first-team regular under Thomas Tuchel, playing the 90 minutes in four of the Blues' five top-flight matches this season as well as figuring heavily in their run to Champions League glory last term.

Denmark international Christensen confirmed earlier this month the Stamford Bridge outfit had initiated discussions, with less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.

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Andreas Christensen is reportedly closing in on a new £120,000-per-week deal at Chelsea
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The Dane has become a regular for the Champions League holders under Thomas Tuchel

The Sun however now claim the final details of his new contract are being finalised before an official announcement is made by the European champions.

It also represents a dramatic turnaround in negotiations with the Blues, who the report adds initially offered Christensen a lower salary than the £78,000 per week he currently takes home every week.

It is thought the Blues were happy to keep him as a squad player when they made that first offer, believing his status as a fringe player at the time did not merit the sort of salary they have now offered him.

Christensen - who has now been part of a defence that has kept 38 clean sheets in 46 games - has however since fought his way back into the German's plans, with Kurt Zouma the man who eventually left the club in a £30million deal for West Ham.

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Tuchel spoke highly of the Dane after his side beat Tottenham in Sunday's London derby

The Dane also featured in the UEFA Super Cup victory against Villarreal and received more praise from Tuchel after the Blues went top of the table courtesy of a 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Asked how important Christensen is to his side, Tuchel said after the London derby victory: 'Andreas has been very strong since day, can play in all three positions in the defence and he plays with a lot of confidence.

'In the beginning, I had the feeling it was a bit of push to believe in himself and impose himself and trust in his quality because he has everything that we need in these positions.

'Again a very strong performance. You can see it in the minutes.

'We rely fully on him and he's doing very very good so far and it is everybody's target that he continues like this.'

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Kurt Zouma was the defender eventually sold by Chelsea in a £30m deal with West Ham

'I know a lot is being said right now. I can't say too much, but I think it looks good,' said Christensen, who has graduated through Chelsea's academy, earlier this month.

'We have won the Champions League and the Super Cup. I am very happy to be at this club and feel Chelsea are the right place to be in England,' he told Ekstra Bladet.

Acknowledging the role Chelsea's boss has played in his resurgence, Christensen added: 'I know Thomas Tuchel believes in me. I have also played a big role since he came.

'I had a very difficult period under [Frank] Lampard, shortly before he was fired. Now luckily it’s going the right way for me. Things can go fast in this world. The most important thing is just that I have never given up.

'It is super cool to play a major part, and be in the thick of things. But, as I have experienced, things can change quickly. Suddenly some other players can perform well or be given a chance, and then I can end up in the cold again.'

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