'There's no doubt': Fabrizio Romano says 25-year-old is now definitely going to leave Chelsea

Fabrizio Romano has all but confirmed Andreas Christensen’s departure from Chelsea.

Writing on Twitter, the transfer guru said it was a matter of when not if Christensen joins Barcelona.

Barca have reportedly been chasing the Denmark international for quite a while, in light of his expiring contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old will be a free agent once his deal concludes in the summer, a scenario that certainly sparked the Spanish side’s interest.

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Chelsea had begun talks with the centre-back last August over renewing his stay, but a change in agent, therefore, changed the complexion of the conversation.

Now, it appears the defender has finally settled upon moving to the Camp Nou next season.

Christensen a Chelsea boy at heart

According to Romano, Christensen will sign a deal with the La Liga title-chasers until 2027.

This should take him into his 30s, longevity at the highest level that Chelsea were seemingly not promising.

Once the transaction is confirmed, the Dane’s near lifelong relationship with the Blues shall be concluded.

He joined the academy from Brondby as a teenager and gradually made his way through the ranks.

Getting established as a regular senior player did not arrive until after a few loan spells at Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015 and 2017.

Even upon returning to London, Christensen didn’t immediately convince his various managers or the supporters.

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Thomas Tuchel’s arrival over 12 months ago was really the catalyst for the centre-half becoming such an enticing prospect for Barca and several other European clubs to sign.

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He played a big part in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph and top-four finish in Tuchel’s debut season at the helm.

Whenever Thiago Silva was out injured, Christensen always stepped up the plate admirably.

It is yet to be seen how his exit will affect the team.

How the fans will react to this transfer is also going to be interesting.

All we can say is good luck and thank you for everything, Chris.

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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.