'I don't have any doubt': Laudrup says one Chelsea player is definitely good enough to play for Barca

Michael Laudrup insisted that Andreas Christensen would comfortably slot in at Barcelona if he left Chelsea this summer.

As quoted by Mundo Deportivo, the former Barca forward promoted the idea of Christensen exchanging Stamford Bridge for the Camp Nou next season.

Is Christensen reaching his conclusion?

Chelsea’s Danish international is seemingly running out the rest of his contract, which expires in June.

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He had already been stalling on renewing a deal before Roman Abramovich’s sanctions came into play, throwing even more doubt over the Dane’s future.

It appears the centre-back will depart Cobham with or without a new owner installed.

His next destination? By all accounts, Barca.

According to numerous reports, including statements from Fabrizio Romano, Christensen’s destiny lies in the hands of the Spanish side.

They are eager to improve Xavi’s squad through the medium of free agents, targeting Cesar Azpilicueta as well.

Yesterday’s comfortable El Clasico victory proved that Xavi has got the team on the right tracks again.

Adding possibly Christensen would surely only strengthen an already pretty well-stocked group.

“He is a very good player technically, he knows how to play very well,” assessed Laudrup, who played for Barca between 1989-94.

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“He is in the league with the fastest pace in the world, the difference is that he is playing in a Chelsea (team) with more defensive players to cover.

“There are up to seven defensive players sometimes. At Barca it will be different. Barca defends higher up and has to adapt.

“I think they will be able to adapt. Especially if they have (Gerard) Piqué next to them who can help them. I do not have any doubt”. 

Barcelona set to benefit

Barca’s gain would surely be Chelsea’s loss.

Christensen has become a dependable defender under Thomas Tuchel for both club and country.

Before the emergence of Trevoh Chalobah, he, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva arguably made up the European champion’s best rear-guard.

His role has been slightly refined this campaign due to Chalobah’s form, yet still stands as a reliable figure in defence.

Perhaps the most punishing aspect of Christensen’s possible exit is the fact Chelsea would need to find a replacement for him.

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This might be difficult due to the uncertainty still surrounding Abramovich’s successor.

Even if the money starts flowing again, cash will almost certainly be required to buy Christensen’s replacement.

Anybody who is enjoying this situation needs a medical examination…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.