Chelsea reportedly believed they had come to a conclusion with Andreas Christensen over a new deal twice.
According to the Telegraph, on two occasions the Blues have been lured into thinking Christensen would extend his contract.
But on both instances, the Danish international has either rejected or put off the proposal.
Proving hard work
Chelsea were under the impression the defender had agreed to a fresh five-year contract over the summer.
However, the centre-back instead told his employers he would rather commit to three years after the campaign concluded.
Following a pause in negotiations, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy made a comprise and offered Christensen the three-year stay he desired.
The Telegraph state that Thomas Tuchel and the chain of command presumed this latest submission was ready to be completed.
Yet, the 25-year-old is still no closer to signing the contract, as concerns over his future continue to mount.
Punishment for Christensen
In an apparent response to Christensen’s repeated refusal to commit his allegiance, Tuchel has taken personal action.
He hasn’t used the Dane in any of Chelsea’s last three fixtures, leaving him on the bench to ponder.
This is quite a stark transition from before the international break, where the Cobham academy product was a regular in the side.
When asked whether this decision could actually damage the player’s views towards the club, the manager’s answer was resolute.
“No, the opposite. We have the hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit,” he said to The Times.
“My understanding was that it was a matter of a very short period before we have good news.”
With injuries stacking up around his neck, Tuchel might have no choice but to reinclude Christensen in tonight’s Premier League trip to Watford.
Sitting on the substitutes’ bench surely can’t be helping his decision to remain a Blue.