Chelsea have entered talks with 18-year-old defender Andreas Christensen over a new contract, the player’s father has confirmed.
The Denmark Under-21 international, who made his senior debut for Chelsea in October, has impressed the club’s coaches since joining the Blues’ youth ranks from Brondby in 2012.
And while his contract doesn’t expire until 2016, Chelsea are keen to ensure they don’t run the risk of losing one of their most talented young defenders, and subsequently hope to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
Christensen’s father confirms talks
Christensen’s father, Sten, confirmed that he and his son are in talks with Chelsea. Danish newspaper BT quote him as saying: "It is true that we had a meeting on Tuesday. We are in a positive dialogue with Chelsea, but I do not want to say more. It is a matter that we keep internally with Chelsea."
The report adds that Christensen, who currently earns £20,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, will be paid the same amount as 20-year-old Kurt Zouma, who joined the west London outfit from Saint-Etienne for £12 million in January.
Loan deal possible
Once the new deal has been signed it’s possible that Christensen - who can play at centre-back or right-back - will leave Chelsea on a loan deal.
Despite his obvious talent, competition for first-team places is fierce at Chelsea, who remain firm favourites to win this season’s Premier League title.
But Christensen proved in the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury earlier this season, in the Capital One Cup fourth round, that he has an extremely bright future ahead of him.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may opt to send Christensen to an English club if he feels the teenager still needs to get to grips with certain aspects of British football.
Several of the club’s youngsters are currently on loan with Championship side Middlesbrough - coached by Mourinho’s former assistant at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka - while others are with Premier League sides, such as Ryan Bertrand, who is enjoying an excellent season with Southampton.
But Mourinho is not adverse to sending his starlets out to clubs on the continent - or even further afield.
Whether Christensen stays at Chelsea or leaves on a temporary basis will ultimately depend on what Mourinho think his best for his future.