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3 hours ago, CHOULO19 said:

If we have any sort of vision and long term planning from the board, someone should go to Andreas, offer him a starting position at least for the first couple of months for next season, and talk him into cutting the loan short. 

He should be the starting centre half (along with whoever we sign) until Zouma gets back anyway, then those three can fight it out for the two spots.

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Andreas Christensen defends controversial Chelsea loan system: 'They don't just abandon you... I'm a better and tougher player now' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4731906/And

Any argument about Azpi in the bench should stop immediately. He's one of the first names on the team sheet. 

It seems like Chelsea youngsters fail to truly connect with the club because of the lack of a genuine opportunity in the first team. Barely anyone seems hell bent on breaking through at the club. You'

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1 minute ago, Tomo said:

He should be the starting centre half (along with whoever we sign) until Zouma gets back anyway, then those three can fight it out for the two spots.

Yeah, of course you can't promise anyone an indefinite starting spot, but he should at least be promised a run in the team and a real chance of becoming a nailed on starter. 

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Chelsea starlet Andreas Christensen will spend another season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach

Despite suggestions that Chelsea could look to recall the 19-year-old this summer, Eberl has revealed Monchengladbach plan to keep the player for another season.

"He has developed great and a lot of clubs are interested in him, but he will definitely play for Gladbach next season," Eberl said.

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-starlet-andreas-christensen-will-spend-another-season-on-loan-at-borussia-monchengladbach-a3219756.html

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Andreas Christensen-Chelsea in battle to recall him from Mönchengladbach

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Chelsea’s hopes of recalling Andreas Christensen from his loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach are set to be dashed by the player, with the Denmark defender keen to continue pursuing first-team opportunities with the Bundesliga club.Christensen, signed from Brondby as a 15-year-old in 2012, joined Gladbach on a two-year loan deal last summer without break clauses after signing a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge and has started 24 games there. The 19-year-old centre-half has also featured in the Champions League against Manchester City and Juventus, with his performances having attracted scouts from Bayern Munich and clubs in Spain.

So impressive have the reports of his progress been in Germany that Chelsea have been exploring ways to curtail the loan agreement after 12 months, potentially with Nathan Aké – currently on a year-long spell with Watford – moving to Gladbach effectively as a replacement. Chelsea are planning for life without John Terry, whose contract expires in the summer, and have lost Kurt Zouma most likely until October after he suffered knee ligament damage, so are seeking to reinforce the defensive ranks to be inherited by their incoming manager, presumed to be Antonio Conte.

Cutting short the loan would need agreement from all three parties but, whereas Gladbach might have considered an offer, Christensen is understood to be more inclined to remain in Germany in the knowledge he will benefit from regular football for a further season. The Dane, capped four times, is making that decision on the assumption that, once the new manager is granted transfer funds and Zouma returns to fitness, he may find himself the third- or fourth-choice centre-back at Stamford Bridge and reduced to appearances in the domestic cup competitions at best.

Chelsea will compete with Manchester City for Everton’s John Stones again this summer and Conte would like to be reunited with Leonardo Bonucci, whom he coached at Juventus. The Turin club will attempt to resist that interest.There is interest also in the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Roma’s Kostas Manolas. Koulibaly is considering a new contract at Napoli that would include a hefty buyout clause for the 24-year-old set in excess of £30m.

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20 hours ago, Captain Ahmed said:

Andreas Christensen-Chelsea in battle to recall him from Mönchengladbach

 

Reasonable from him, he knows he would stack on bench after Cahill, Mighty Iva, Terry and new CB,

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 Christensen's 2015-16 season in review:Keep, Sell, Loan

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Taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of each and every Chelsea player's season. Next up, Andreas Christensen, who's enjoyed a most excellent season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Appearances:UEFA Champions League: 5 (450 minutes),Bundesliga: 31 (2790 minutes),DFB Pokal: 3 (270 minutes)

Goals: 3

With two starts and a substitute appearance to his name at Chelsea last season, Andreas Christensen, the highly promising Danish centre-back was sent out on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, who had also qualified for the UEFA Champions League by virtue of a 4th-placed finish in the previous season. After a horror start to his career in North Rhine-Westphalia, after a 4-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on the opening day of the season, Christensen did not start another game until the resignation of Lucien Favre in mid-September.Andre Schubert took over and restored Christensen to the side, the young Chelsea loanee quickly cementing his place the side and starting every single one of Gladbach's remaining matches alongside various partners in the center of two-man and three-man defences.For most of the first half of the season, Christensen played as the right-sided center back next to either Alvaro Dominguez or West Ham United-bound Havard Nordveit in a 4-4-2 formation.  While their league form improved, they finished bottom of their Champions League group despite respectable performances against the highest quality opposition that included Juventus, Manchester City, and eventual Europa League-winners Sevilla. Christensen, still just a teenager at the time, was locking horns with the likes of Sergio "Kun" Aguero, Kevin Gameiro, and Alvaro Morata, just to name a few.  At just about each time of asking, Christensen turned in a quality performance (although he had a few torrid spells against Manchester City, as did his team as a whole).While tall with a decent-sized frame, Christensen is by no means a physically dominant player nor a hard tackler in the mould of hulking defensive brutes of the past. In fact, he attempts only 1.6 tackles per game, winning 1.2. But he is a smart tackler: he was booked exactly one time this season, and averaged a foul committed about once in every three games. He plays to his strengths, which are his positioning and an ability well beyond his years to read the game (making 2.8 successful interceptions per game, the highest on the team).  Christensen only commits to a tackle when absolutely necessary — this is an aspect which has drawn praise from both his manager and the club's Sporting Director, Max Eberl — and he's able to force errors and turnovers with some excellent one-on-one defending.Another aspect to be highlighted here is Andreas' aerial ability, which has vastly improved over the course of the season. So much so that during opposition goal-kicks or deep free-kicks, he often positioned himself as high as the half-way line to win headers in midfield, with midfielders like Granit Xhaka falling back to temporarily his spot at center-back.Manager Andre Schubert, beginning with what ended up as an unexpected 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in December, began to employ a 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation (varying with the opponent) more frequently, in which Christensen was deployed in the heart of the three-man defence alongside 18-year-old Nico Elvedi and Havard Nordveit. With three ball-playing defenders, Gladbach pressed high and employed a fairly fluid team shape. Christensen's excellent passing ability (accuracy of 87% including 3.2 successful long balls per game) was a key cog in Gladbach's preference to play the ball out of defence.  Christensen was also a threat from set-pieces, averaging an attempt on goal every other game and even scoring twice while hitting the post a few more times as well.

As any young defender, however, Christensen can be suspect to errors and lapses in concentration — for example, as seen in the video below, when a misplaced pass and subsequent failure to stick to his man (Kingsley Coman) could have easily cost his side a goal.The lowest point of Andreas' season was probably his first game, in which the Gladbach defence was truly laid bare. He also somehow was beaten in the air once by David Silva to give Manchester City the lead, something I'm sure Christensen is not proud of.

Rating: :-D (not a D-minus)

Verdict: Things have definitely gone according to plan here and then some.  With Christensen halfway through his two-year loan, Chelsea's options are basically limited to honoring or breaking the agreement signed last summer with Gladbach.  But while Christensen could challenge for a place at Chelsea already, I think it's imperative that he fulfill the whole duration of his loan.  If his next season goes as well as this one did, he'll be ready to walk into the Chelsea first-team, a la Courtois after his multi-year loan at Atlético Madrid.  Christensen, who turned 20 last month, is on the cusp of big things, of potential superstardom (as much as defensive players can be superstars).  Watch this space!

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gladbach are reportedly keen to sign Andreas Christensen on a permanent deal at the end of his two-year loan move from Chelsea.

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Andreas Christensen may stay in Bundesliga, exemplifying Chelsea’s waste of talent

Chelsea FC sent center-back prospect Andreas Christensen on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach last July. Freshly awash with cash, the Bundesliga side is preparing a permanent transfer offer.Like so many other Chelsea youth prospects, Andreas Christensen is about to learn that “loan” is just Bluish slang for “prolonged exit plan”. Citing the German-language Bild, Daily Mail reports today that Borussia Monchengladbach have tendered a club-record offer of £15 million to make Christensen’s loan a permanent transfer.Andreas Christensen came to Chelsea after spending most of his academy years at Brondby in his native Denmark. One of Andre Villas-Boas’ last signings in 2012, Christensen chose Chelsea over offers from Arsenal and Manchester City.Christensen was a large part of the Blues’ 2013-14 titles in the FA Youth Cup and the Under-21 Premier League, and made three first team appearances in 2014/15. The club sent Christensen on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.Gladbach have extra cash to spread around as well as a significant gap in the roster to fill after selling midfielder Granit Xhaka to Arsenal for £35 million earlier this month. Christensen and Xhaka were key factors in their fourth place finish in the Bundesliga. Arsenal’s payment for Xhaka left Monchengladbach with sufficient cash in hand to shore up their roster with new signings.Chelsea will likely insist on a buy-back clause as part of Christensen’s permanent transfer to Monchengladbach. The club may be adapting from the painful lesson it is currently learning in its pursuit of Romelu Lukaku from Everton. If Chelsea are successful in re-acquiring the Belgian striker, he will likely cost at least twice what the club sold him for in 2014.Along with Jake Clarke-Salter, Andreas Christensen has long been viewed as one of John Terry’s successors as an academy graduate who becomes the club’s stalwart center-back. Christensen’s performance statistics for the 2015/16 campaign are nearly identical to Terry’s and Gary Cahill‘s.Even if the permanent transfer does not come through, Christensen still has one more year left on his loan deal, ensuring that he will play in the Champions League with his foster club. Christensen and Monchengladbach will be closely watching Chelsea’s lineup, tactics and success in its first year under Antonio Conte.The uncertainty around the club’s future will encourage Christensen’s ambitions with the Bundesliga side, if only to ensure continued runs into the Champions League.Chelsea’s willingness to part with Andreas Christensen is consistent with a long pattern of using the academy as a source of transfer fees rather than future starters. On paper, the club’s greatest challenge should be deciding which of its starters and prospects will form the core of the next decade of Chelsea’s defense.Behind John Terry and Gary Cahill is the injured Kurt Zouma. Behind them are academy stars Jake Clarke-Salter and Fikayo Tomori. Christensen’s fellow academy graduate Tomas Kalas is on loan to Middlesbrough.In reality, most of these young defenders have played their last game at Stamford Bridge. Christensen is more likely to follow in Kalas’s footsteps than John Terry’s. Kalas acknowledged recently that his featured role and extensive playing time at Middlesbrough has warmed him to the possibility of making his loan a permanent transfer.

Chelsea’s lack of interest in developing its prospects into starters is enough to make a player want to stay in the SkyBet Championship. Unless results and priorities change significantly around Stamford Bridge, the Blues have little reason to think Andreas Christensen will be eager to leave a Bundesliga team primed for several years of Champions League football.

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We should try and get him back this summer, this year there is a real opening for him to try and win a place, if Zouma comes back and hits the ground running (although thats a huge if) and Koulibaly signs, they could be established which would make it tough for Andreas.

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AC3 wins Moenchengladbach vote

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Andreas Christensen, who spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach, has been voted the Bundesliga club’s Player of the Season.The 20-year-old central defender won a poll of the Gladbach supporters with 54 per cent of the vote, well clear of the 15 per cent for his closest challenger.

He played 39 games and scored three goals, and helped his loan club qualify for next season’s Champions League with a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga, having competed in the European competition last season with Manchester City, Juventus and Sevilla the opponents in a tough group stage.Christensen is a product of the Chelsea Academy and has won the Under-21 Premier League, the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup, and he made his Chelsea first-team debut in 2014/15 and his senior Denmark debut last summer. 

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Exciting times for us. We have so many amazing youth prospects like Christensen and Musonda that we can cash in on. How much do you guys think he'll go for ? 

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53 minutes ago, the wes said:

Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to make a club record bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to their sporting director Max Eberl.

Well ... that's not surprising .... however letting him go would be a big surprise and a shock!!! 

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I don't understand why we're not blooding him into the team this season when he's been subject to such a bid & won their POTY award. How many loanees in top flight football receive such an accolade at 20?! We're not talking Championship here. Ridiculous decisions.. 

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I wouldn't be really shocked if we sell him. We seem apt in producing these massive brain farts as of late.

I don't think the club are that daft, but if they even consider it; a clause similar to Thorgan's has to be inserted. It's something the club have to do from now on.

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21 minutes ago, LAM09 said:

 

 

I don't think the club are that daft, but if they even consider it; a clause similar to Thorgan's has to be inserted. It's something the club have to do from now on.

Exactly.. Buy Back Clauses, Buy Back Clauses, Buy Back Clauses, Buy Back Clauses. It's the only way Chelsea should entertain selling these promising youth players. 

Andreas should be competing for a job here imo, much like LDN Blue said, because JT is no longer a guaranteed starter, and Cahill is a tragedy in defense. 

In two years time, I seriously hope our CB starters (provided they continue to grow and get better) are Zouma, Andreas, and Whichever Top CB we plan on signing this summer. 

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