Jose Mourinho has agreed to let Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen join German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach for the entirety of next season, according to reports.
The latest in Germany newspaper Bild is that Mourinho is keen to see the player given more time to develop via getting regular first-team football under his belt at a good level, and the Bundesliga will certainly help him there.
Christensen, who penned a five-year deal with the Blues earlier this year, has been tipped for big things with Chelsea and given the obvious links the two clubs in question have - Thorgan Hazard moved to Monchengladbach recently on what some are taking to be little more than a permanent loan - the idea that a deal will be done soon is feasible.
Indeed it looks like the Danish defender will struggle to break into Mourinho’s first-team plans anytime soon what with John Terry and Gary Cahill marshalling a truly water-tight defence. Then there’s also Kurt Zouma in reserve, a player whose impressive debut season in England has set him up for plenty for opportunities in his second full campaign under Mourinho.
Thus it makes sense for Christensen to be willing to leave for pastures new with the objective being to wow Mourinho elsewhere.
The Special One proved with Thibaut Courtois that he’s open to the idea of bringing in players who have been out on loan and introducing them to his first-team fold, though Christensen has quite the ask on his hands all the same.
Given how notoriously difficult it is for young players to break into Chelsea’s senior squad now it could very well transpire that he ends up falling short of the required mark.
That’s certainly something plenty of others have fallen short of in recent years and unless Monchengladbach shine in the Bundesliga next season it’s an outcome that can be safely backed all things considered.
That said as has already been discussed Christensen is considered a player of high potential and so he’s already got a jump on plenty of youngsters who might bid to block his way to the first-team whilst he’s away. It can be assumed that Mourinho is sending him out loan with a view to carefully monitoring his progress, so the ball really might be in his court.
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