Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to hand promising defender Andreas Christensen a new five-year contract before sending him out on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach for the next two seasons.
The 19-year-old centre-back is set to follow in the footsteps of Eden Hazard's younger brother Thorgan by joining the Bundesliga outfit on a temporary deal to gain more experience of playing regular first-team football.
According to the London Evening Standard, Christensen has been tipped for a bright future at Stamford Bridge, but has been unable to break into the senior squad frequently due to the fine form of club captain John Terry and Gary Cahill.
The Denmark international also has Kurt Zouma vying for inclusion in the heart of defence, and Mourinho is conscious for the player's development not to stall while competition for places remains fierce.
With just 12 months remaining on his current deal there had been some suggestions that Christensen might look to leave west London. The Sun recently reported that Liverpool had expressed an interest in taking him to Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers prepared to pay up to £6 million for his signature.
However, it's clear that Mourinho is keen to keep hold of Christensen for the foreseeable future, and would loathe to lose the services of a burgeoning young starlet, particularly to a direct Premier League rival.
Instead the Portuguese coach will utilise the relationship Chelsea has established with Monchengladbach by sending the player to Borussia-Park to play for Lucien Favre, where he'll get the chance of playing an important role in the team.
Of course, the Blues actually parted company with Thorgan Hazard after selling him permanently to the German club this season, but it's thought the same won't happen to Christensen because he has more chance of making a breakthrough in England.
He was handed his senior debut in a League Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town last October and went on to make three appearances in total for Chelsea in 2014/15, impressing enough to earn the offer of a new and improved long-term contract.
Chelsea fans: Do you think Andreas Christensen can be a future star at Stamford Bridge? Or will he end up having to leave west London in order to secure regular first-team football? Have your say below...
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