CHRISTENSEN TO STAY AT CHELSEA. JERSEY NUMBER REVEALED

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Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen has been added to the first-team squad after an impressive loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach for the past two seasons.

There were talks of whether the Dane international will stay at the club after the signing of Antonio Rudiger, but it has been confirmed that he will stay at the club and fight for his shirt alongside Rudiger, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.

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Christensen will wear the number 27 jersey and the 21-year-old will be hoping to usurp the bigwigs who currently occupy the role.

The Denmark international was promoted to the club’s first-team on Chelsea’s official website and has been handed the No.27 shirt for the 2017/18 campaign.

On his return to Stamford Bridge after two seasons on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach, Christensen told the Evening Standard: “I have come back to Chelsea a better player than the one that left two years ago.

“I played about 80 games in two seasons and I have a lot more experience. I have a bit more toughness, more mental than physical.

“The physical side of things is something I still have to build on, but mentally it has given me a lot. I’m more confident, I feel ready for bigger things. I was up against a lot of top strikers, big teams. I remember when I played against Bayern for the first time, I was nervous beforehand because it is easy to look like a clown playing against these guys.

“Borussia played one against one at the back and I was directly up against (Robert) Lewandowski first and then (Thomas) Muller later on, but we won the game 3-1. Everything went well and this is the kind of thing that gives me more self-belief at the top level.”

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