Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has explained he views his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The centre-back is an academy graduate of the Blues and has now made 63 senior appearances for the club.

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He’s played 20 times this campaign under Maurizio Sarri, with half of them coming in the Europa League and the team are preparing for the quarter-final first leg away to Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

Christensen has perhaps taken a backwards step compared to last season, with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger the preferred combination in the heart of defence.

But the 23-year-old has expressed his desire to stay where he is and fight to get in the starting XI on a permanent basis.

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“I have not had a conversation with the club and they have not told me I am staying. I said I would like to stay. There has been no conversation but I can say what I want to happen and that is definitely staying,” Christensen said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Christensen is far too talented to have made just four league appearances this season, but it’s refreshing to hear he wants a future with Chelsea.

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The Denmark international still has plenty of room to improve, but has the foundations of a quality centre-back with his calmness on the ball and also his reading of the game.

The £80,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) should be over to win over Sarri if he keeps working and it seems like he could be a natural successor to Luiz in defence.

Christensen surely has a good chance of a recall on Thursday against Slavia Prague and it’s time to prove himself against better opposition as the Europa League reaches the business end of the competition.