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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen made his mark at Borussia Monchengladbach after a two-year loan spell in Germany, and the Blues decided to keep hold of the young defender afterwards.

Now 22, Christensen is struggling for game time under new manager Maurizio Sarri despite having broken into Antonio Conte’s first eleven last season.

The young Dane who’s yet to make a Premier League appearance this season has now revealed that he’s unhappy with being benched but rejected speculation he’ll hand in a transfer request in January.

“There’s a difference from last season,” said Christensen. “I played a lot of games but this season hasn’t been like that. It’s always difficult for a player but we’ll see what happens.

Asked whether he’ll hand in a transfer request, Christensen replied: “It’s a difficult question. If you asked every player that’s not playing if they’re happy they’ll say ‘no’.

“Everyone wants to play but you know I can’t do anything but train and do my best when I get the opportunity.

“I have to perform well to show him [Sarri] that he can count on me. You don’t want to sit around and wait for it you want to play straight away – that’s why we play football.

“Not playing is not fun but it’s a different situation to last season. I don’t think so [leaving in January].”

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