Brentford manager Thomas Frank has labelled Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen as ‘one of the best defenders in the world’ ahead of this weekend’s clash between the two teams.
The Danish defender has impressed over recent seasons at Stamford Bridge and has forged his way into the first-team reckoning under Thomas Tuchel.
Despite that, his future now appears up in the air, with his current contract in west London set to expire in the summer – albeit recent reports having alluded to an agreement between the player and the club.
For the meantime however, Christensen remains a Chelsea player – and a very accomplished one at that, if the opinion of his compatriot Thomas Frank is anything to go by.
Talking to Danish outlet Bold, he said: “[Christensen] is one of the best defenders in the world at the moment.
“He has always been enormously intelligent on the pitch, meaning very quick to anticipate all situations offensively and defensively.
“He is technically hugely strong for a defender in terms of bringing the ball forward, passing and making good choices. He is also foresighted and fast at the same time, so it’s almost the complete package”.
Since breaking through into the Chelsea team, having joined the club in 2012 as a 16-year-old, Christensen has gone on to make 135 appearances for the club.
His rise was certainly envisaged by former Blues boss Antonio Conte. After two seasons with Borussia Monchengladbach, the Dane played 40 times in all competitions during the Italian’s second campaign with the Blues.
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Christensen certainly left a big impression on the 52-year-old. Speaking in 2018, Conte said: “I trust Christensen. I think this player is the present and also for the future for Chelsea. He can also become the captain of this team.”
On his precarious contractual situation, Christensen has since remained optimistic over his prospects of staying at Stamford Bridge.
Talking earlier this month, he said: “It’s hard to say how things will end up. There is a lot of talk. I will not say too much, but I think it looks good. I am happy to be at Chelsea”.
Source by Football London