The father of highly-rated Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has hinted that his son could quit the west London club this summer as he goes in search of regular first-team football.
Sky Sports reports how the 18-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in the Blues academy following his arrival from Brondby in 2012.
Jose Mourinho is yet to call the talented teenager into the senior team, though it is anticipated that he could become the long-term successor to veteran centre-back John Terry at Stamford Bridge.
Terry is approaching the end of his Chelsea contract, but is expected to pen a new one-year deal before the end of the season.
His renewal could hamper Christensen's opportunities next season, which could prompt a move away from the club next summer.
"We are forced to think about Andreas' future and progress," Sten Christensen told Danish newspaper BT. "From our point of view, something needs to happen after the summer.
"Whether it is in the first-team squad or something different, we have to consider. He should not spend one or two years where he stagnates. Andreas will not go on loan.
"He has been at Chelsea for two years, but needs to be there for three consecutive years to be what they call 'home-grown'. Chelsea will not let him go.
"I have talked to his coach Dermot Drummy, who said that Andreas is ready for the next step.
"He would like to keep Andreas, but as he said, for Andreas to progress, he needs to take a step forward.
"Therefore, I need to have a meeting with Chelsea. In case they don't want to offload him, then they have got to do something to give him a challenge all the time.
"It's a matter of his future progress as a footballer."
There have been some suggestions that Christensen could feature in Chelsea's squad that travels to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, with Mourinho allegedly planning to field a weakened side in preparation for next week's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Atletico Madrid.
Whether or not he does feature in any of the remaining games in 2013/14, time will tell. But, the Danish defender will need to be fast-tracked into the first-team if Chelsea are serious about retaining his services.
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