Report: The reason why Andreas Christensen refused to play in the FA Cup final for Chelsea
Andreas Christensen reportedly refused to play in the FA Cup final because he felt ill in the lead-up to the game.
According to the Evening Standard, the Chelsea defender told Thomas Tuchel he wouldn’t take part in Saturday’s match against Liverpool due to possibly feeling unwell.
Christensen rules himself out of the FA Cup final
Christensen apparently broke the news to Tuchel on the morning of the final, knocking the boss and his squad for six.
Mainly because the Denmark international was meant to start the fixture, causing a disturbance to Chelsea’s plans.
Fortunately, Trevoh Chalobah was available and despite a wobbly start, grew into the contest and helped hold off Liverpool for two hours.
His endeavours eventually concluded when he was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta, who subsequently missed a penalty in the shoot-out, eventually won by Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Whilst Chalobah battled for the trophy, Christensen watched on away from Wembley, aware he may have already made his last appearance for the club.
He played 90-minutes away to Leeds United on Wednesday, but sources close to the player suggested he didn’t feel physically up to the challenge of an FA Cup final.
The 26-year-old is approaching the end of his contract with the Blues after deciding not to sign a new deal.
Unless there is a shocking turn of events before the summer, he will leave Stamford Bridge alongside Antonio Rudiger, who is joining Real Madrid.
Tuchel all but confirmed the pair’s departure, saying: “We are losing, of course, Toni, we’re losing Andreas.”
Chelsea slowly crumbling
Chelsea’s manager now has a major rebuild on his hands thanks to the departures of the defenders.
His task might be made even harder if Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta follow suit.
Romelu Lukaku’s status remains up in the air after a relatively poor return to South West London.
Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, didn’t help matters by speaking publicly about his client’s future.
“We cannot think about negotiations,” Pastorello told Italian publication La Repubblica.
“Chelsea are in takeover discussions, we do not know the new owners, let alone if we can open talks with Inter or AC Milan.
“We have to wait.”
This declaration certainly did please Tuchel, particularly as it arrived just before the FA Cup showpiece event.
“The tension is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don’t want to have before big matches but that’s the way it is,” said the German coach during his press conference on Friday.
Plenty of questions will require answers ahead of next term, with Todd Boehly set to be a busy man once he officially becomes the new Chelsea owner.