According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea is looking to bring 19-year-old defender Andreas Christensen back very early in the first year of a two-year loan deal at Borussia Monchengladbach, but they face a fight to do so.
The report by Law says that the loan contract does not feature a break clause, leaving mutual termination of the loan deal the only recourse for Chelsea. Should any of the three parties not consent, Christensen would stay in Germany, where he has excelled this season under head coach Andre Schubert.
According to Squawka Statistics, Christensen’s overall performance score rates him the 7th best defender in the German league this season.
With John Terry potentially in his last season at Chelsea, Gary Cahill past the 30-year-old mark, and Kurt Zouma out long-term with a bad knee injury, the club is looking for bodies, and Christensen would be a perfect fit. According to Law, the club wants him back so bad they have offered Nathan Ake on loan as a replacement. The 21-year-old Ake is currently on loan at Watford until the end of the season.
But with Christensen still nervous about his consistent playing time, the report states he currently prefers a stay in Germany. And why wouldn’t he, given that his stellar play this season has seen him called into the Danish international squad, playing all 180 minutes across a pair of friendlies against Iceland and Scotland this past week.
The Blues may have to look elsewhere.