Thomas Tuchel hit Chelsea over contract deal amid Barcelona transfer rumors

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Andreas Christensen is reportedly close to agreeing a verbal deal with Barcelona and the Chelsea centre-back is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Christensen has risen to prominence in the Chelsea squad since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel just over a year ago, but as speculation surrounds his future mounts, his playing opportunities have dwindled.

There had been hopes that a new deal could be agreed for the Denmark international but now it looks like Xavi is set to give him a try at Camp Nou.

Speaking on his time at Chelsea, Christensen hailed the impact Tuchel had on his game.

“In the end with Frank Lampard I struggled to get the playing time I wanted, but Thomas came and got to know me from Germany and I got the idea pretty early on. helped a lot,” he said ahead of the Carabao Cup final. last month via the mirror.

“I had the space to make the mistakes I made and keep playing, whereas at the start of my career I might have struggled to come back to the team.

“It helped me tremendously with my confidence and the team. It gave me and others a lot of space to allow them to make mistakes.

“It happens. We learn from them. He helped me a lot.”

While Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta are yet to agree new contract terms, Tuchel faces a major rebuilding job during the summer transfer window.

Roman Abramovich’s decision to put the club up for sale could also affect the chances of agreeing a new deal with the German. Barcelona remain confident of signing Azpilicueta as well as Christensen.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano gave an update on Christensen, write on twitter : “Barcelona are working to complete the deal for Andreas Christensen on a five-year contract, further contacts are expected this week. The verbal agreement is almost ready – but nothing has been signed yet.

“Barca are still ‘cautious’ after what happened with Wijnaldum’s deal last year – work in progress.”

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