International captain hails ‘fantastic’ Chelsea 25-year-old that can still be louder on the pitch
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has raved about the quality of international teammate and Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.
AC Milan’s Kjaer, 32, is a key figure for his country with 117 Denmark caps to date. He’s a no-nonsense centre-half that leads from the back.
Christensen has very much consolidated his position alongside the skipper as part of a back-three for Denmark, which is a system he operates so well in at club level with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old defender has elevated his game so much since Thomas Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge back in January. It’s hard to think of the last time he put a foot wrong, too.
Kjaer has been signing the praises of Christensen, who he says has the potential to be the world’s elite centre-back. In addition, he advised him that he can still be a bit more vocal on the pitch.
“He reads the game completely uniquely. He is fantastic on the ball, fast and athletic. He has to shout a little louder from time to time, but it has also gotten better. I think AC is a great defender.”
Chelsea need to sort Christensen future
For certain, Chelsea supporters are nervously waiting to hear good news regarding Christensen’s future with them.
The ball-playing centre-back’s contract at the Bridge expires in the summer of 2022, which is extremely alarming.
Matt Law from the Telegraph reports Chelsea have been on the verge of tying him down to a new deal, but a slight obstacle is holding up any confirmation.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel recently explained he feels Christensen has “stepped up” and “gained confidence”. These are all signs that Chelsea have a supreme talent on the books and it’s exciting to see he was developed in the academy as a youngster.
Bit more vocal
Christensen comes across as a calm personality off the field and that’s why it’s no surprise he goes about his work on the pitch quietly. It’s a great sign in games he’s doing his job efficiently without any fuss.
He will definitely grow into a senior role as he develops. However, he’s getting to learn alongside some high profile centre-halves with so much experience.
The likes of Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta for Chelsea, along with Kjaer at Denmark, will be having a great influence on him.
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