Chelsea have announced Andreas Christensen has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.
The Dane, who joined the Blues from Bronby in 2012, has been hailed as the ‘best surprise’ by manager Antonio Conte since busting onto the Blues scene this season.
Christensen has become an important member of Conte’s squad this season, making 22 appearances in all competitions as part of a back three.
The 21-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge as a 17-year-old and spent two seasons on loan with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, but after penning his new deal, is now only focused on the future.
‘It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future,’ Christensen told Chelsea’s official website. ‘I’ve played a lot of games, I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well.’
📝 Andreas Christensen has today signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 9, 2018
The central defender was reported to be on the watch list of Chelsea’s European rivals, including the likes of Barcelona, after he managed to force David Luiz out of the squad before the Brazilian’s untimely injury.
Club director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season.
‘He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.
‘We are delighted he has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea and we look forward to four-and-a-half more successful years with Andreas at the club.’
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