Christensen delighted with life at Chelsea amid ‘healthy competition’ in defence

Andreas Christensen insists he wants to stay with Chelsea despite continued speculation surrounding the defender’s long-term future at the club.

The Denmark international was frozen out under former manager Maurizio Sarri but has returned to the fold under Frank Lampard this season, making 18 Premier League appearances for the west London side during the current campaign.

Christensen has failed to secure an automatic first-team place at Stamford Bridge, however, and has been linked with a move away in search of more regular opportunities, though the centre-back insists he has never considered leaving the club and suggested he is keen to sign an extension to his contract.

“I’ve never looked anywhere else,” Christensen told Sky Sports. “I’ve never doubted my situation. I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea.

“I’ve had my contract and I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that. Nothing has changed.

“Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here, that’s the short answer.”

Chelsea have used a number of pairings at centre-back this season, with Kurt Zouma (19 starts) Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori (both 15) all being offered a regular spot in the starting XI, and Christensen – who has started 17 league games – admits it is ‘healthy competition’.

“We all want to play every game,” he added. “The main target for all of us is to win something this season and at the same time we want to finish in the top four.

“All the defenders have played a similar amount of games. You feel good with whoever you’re playing with because you’ve played many games with each other.

“It’s all healthy competition. We can all step in whenever the time is. We know we have great players and that’s not just us, that’s the whole team as well. Especially since we came back in such great shape and great mentality. We’re just enjoying the moment as a team. I think we’re focused on keeping the relationships healthy and pushing forward for the next few weeks because there’s not long to go.”

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