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Andreas Christensen has seen his playing time limited this season with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri preferring David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-back pairing.

The 22-year-old defender weighed up a move away from Stamford Bridge in January amid interest from Barcelona after growing frustrated over his lack of game time.

Christensen has now revealed he is happy to stay at Chelsea after being given assurances by the club that he is still needed.

Christensen told “At the moment there’s two clear first choices, and then there’s me. I just have to show that I’m ready and take the chance when I get it.

“There was a lot of talk [over a January move] but it was quickly made clear that the club still saw me as someone who would play.

“Of course that’s really nice to hear so I just have to keep proving myself. I think I’ve been good the last few times I’ve got the chance and then I can only hope that I’ll be selected more often.

“Obviously I had a lot of doubts but once the club assured me I am needed, it really wasn’t that hard for me to accept.

“I’ve been in the club for many years and I still love being here. It’s solely because of the playing time that the transfer consideration started.

“But I’m looking forward and I’ve come to terms with the situation.”

Christensen established himself as a regular in the team under Antonio Conte last season having returned from a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach but is now third choice under Sarri this season.

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