- Andreas Christensen’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire in the summer
- Manager Thomas Tuchel thought a new deal had been agreed with the defender
- But Christensen’s demands have changed and an extension is still unsigned.
- The 25-year-old defender has been benched for the last three Chelsea matches
Thomas Tuchel has challenged Andreas Christensen to prove his commitment to Chelsea by signing a new contract.
The Blues manager thought a deal had been struck with Christensen, whose deal expires next summer. But the extension remains unsigned after the Danish defender changed demands.
The 25-year-old, who has not played since the international break, has been benched for Chelsea’s last three matches.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (left) has urged Andreas Christensen (right) to sign a new deal
“We hope that this (Christensen’s lack of action) affects the contract situation a little bit,” Tuchel said, indicating that the issues are linked.
‘My understanding weeks ago was that Andreas wanted me and the club as well. But we are waiting for a long time for confirmation.
‘How he works on the pitch, he needs to talk off the pitch now. He tells us that he loves Chelsea and wants to stay. He is a big part of a big club. We want commitment.
Tuchel takes his league leaders to Watford on Wednesday, hoping Romelu Lukaku will be revived after his enforced rest.
He added: ‘We still believe that (Lukaku) can make a difference for us. Also, we will be patient.
The Blues defender hasn’t played since the international break after sitting on the bench