'Sometimes people don't understand': Andreas Christensen makes claim about Chelsea fans after leaving the club

Andreas Christensen has broken his silence to the Evening Standard after his exit from Chelsea has been confirmed.

The Denmark international has been with the Blues for a decade now, after his transfer from Brondby.

A loan spell in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach helped develop his game, coming into the first team fold in 2017 and going on to play 160 games with the club.

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He finally broke his scoring duck last season, when he hit the back of the net for the first time in the Champions League against Malmo.

Now though, Christensen has decided not to sign a new contract with the club, following Antonio Rudiger out the door. The Dane is also expected to be on his way to Spain, with Barcelona the firm favourites to announce him as a new signing.

His departure left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths, with his absence from the FA Cup final in May being widely discussed as a tipping point for supporters.

The 26-year-old has now addressed supporters via the Evening Standard for the first time since the season’s end, highlighting his struggles towards the end of his spell at the club.

And the Dane insists that, despite the criticism that has come his way more recently, he still holds Chelsea supporters in very high regard.

He said: “Having spent ten amazing years at this club, I felt now was the right time for a new beginning for me and my family. Mentally the last few months have been tough as it’s not been an easy decision to leave this club and the fans.

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“I’m not the most talkative person so sometimes people don’t understand how much the club and the fans mean to me. I will miss the players, staff and everyone here. I wish the best for the club and the fans in the future.”

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While Christensen’s departure will not be felt by fans in the same way as Rudiger’s, the Dane’s service for the club should not be forgotten due to a difficult past few months.

Looking towards the future, the Blues need to address their defensive woes instantly, with Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt heavily rumoured to be on the club’s wishlist.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.