Brentford manager Thomas Frank has given a rave review when discussing the quality of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea are back in action this weekend after the international break with a trip to London rivals Brentford, who have started well since their return to the top division.
The Blues will be looking to extend their position at the top of the Premier League table, though, and have a decent run of fixtures to try build some momentum.
Christensen, 25, returns to Stamford Bridge off the back of helping his country Denmark qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The £80,000-a-week ball-playing centre-back is a key figure on the international stage. Also, his role at Chelsea has been equally as important under current boss Thomas Tuchel, too.
Opposition manager Frank has reserved special praise for Christensen ahead of Saturday’s league fixture.
“At the moment, he is one of the best defenders in the world,” Frank replied when asked about Christensen.
“He has always been enormously intelligent on the pitch, meaning very quick to anticipate all situations offensively and defensively.
“He is technically hugely strong for a defender in terms of bringing the ball forward, passing and making good choices.
“He is also foresighted and fast at the same time, so it’s almost the complete package.”
Andreas Christensen can be long-term Chelsea answer
Christensen, who is so calm under pressure, steps into the Chelsea XI with such ease whenever called upon. For instance, he was magnificent in last season’s victory in the Champions League final.
He defends with real authority and intelligence despite not being the most aggressive, so it’s superb for Tuchel to have such a reliable figure in the back-three.
The Danish centre-half often goes under the radar to neutrals because of some of the big names at the Bridge, but watchers of Chelsea each week know how important he’s been under Tuchel.
It feels like he’s only going from strength to strength. There is no reason he can’t be a long-term solution for the next five-plus years in the line-up.
What’s the latest on his future?
With Christensen’s current Blues deal expiring at the end of the season, it’s vital the club sort out a new contract.
Fabrizio Romano recently updated that two clubs have been sniffing around to potentially try sign him. However, Chelsea have already an agreement in place with him.
Blues supporters won’t rest easy until Christensen has signed on the dotted line.
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