Chelsea defender has finally agreed to extend his contract with the club after he accepted the club offer.
According to German outlet Sport1 via Chelsea Chronicle (h/t Football. London), Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has put forth a new demand for a lucrative wage package in order to renew his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Last summer, the Blues lost Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi, which created a void in the central defenders’ roster. Christensen’s presence however helped Thomas Tuchel put out a strong defensive setup week in week out. The Danish international also played a major role in our UEFA Champions League triumph last season.
Christensen remains a reliable defender who continues to impress when called upon. With 21 appearances across all competitions in this term, it’s evident that the 25-year-old defender’s responsibilities have increased. However, the Blues board are still at the risk of losing him in the summer if they cannot reach an agreement regarding a new deal.
Amid such a situation, Christensen is attracting strong interest from Bayern Munich. It is believed that the German giants met with the defender’s entourage last month to communicate their interest. The Danish star hasn’t taken a final decision yet and is currently looking for a pay raise.
The 25-year-old currently earns a pre-tax weekly salary of €100,000 (£84,000)-per-week, which puts him in the bracket of low earners at the West London club. He is seeking to double his wages and is keen to pocket around €10million (£8.4million)-per-year in wages.
Considering the contract stand-off involving Chelsea and Antonio Rudiger, we can’t take the risk of losing two vital central defenders in the same summer, that too for free. Therefore, sorting their contract one at a time should be the priority at this point.
Considering his performances and commitment, Christensen has proven himself to be worthy of a lucrative deal at Stamford Bridge. It makes more sense for Chelsea to let go of their underperforming assets and ensure that their top players are suitably compensated.