Christensen signs four-and-a-half year Chelsea deal

Andreas Christiansen

Andreas Christiansen

The Danish centre-back has been one of the finds of the season for Chelsea, effectively replacing David Luiz and making 19 starts already.

Christensen's impressive form earned him a new four-and-a-half-year contract last week, but the young defender is conscious of the fact that he can not become complacent and let his high standards drop as the competition for places will see him lose his spot in Antonio Conte's side. Not just because Chelsea have senior defenders like Luiz and Gary Cahill, but because they are also interested in upgrading their squad.

But on the same day, manager Antonio Conte revealed that he had been keen in that same summer to sign Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, who eventually joined Liverpool from Southampton two weeks ago in a world record £75m deal.

Christensen gave yet another assured display on Wednesday night as Chelsea kept their fifth clean sheet in six matches but failing to score, as Arsenal held them to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Even with the players we have here now you can't feel comfortable, the players we have in the changing room.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN admits the pressure to perform at Chelsea is mentally draining.

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After successfully returning from his loan spell to break into Chelsea's first team, Christensen looks back on his experience overseas as a valuable learning curve which has enabled him to slot seamlessly into Conte's team - although he did admit the hectic festive period is a physical and mental demand that he is not accustomed too.

"I'm happy the club see a future for me here". It's not an easy team to break in. At Monchengladbach he would have a two-week Christmas period but here the football never stops.

"I'm happy the way we play and it's nice to play a lot of games". That helps a lot but at the same time you want to play as many games as possible. At the end of the games you feel a bit exhausted but we love to play football and we won't complain.

"After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands. The body is prepared for it from pre-season - but mentally it is hard to keep your concentration - well it is for me anyway".

"Even in the academy we got a little break over Christmas".

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