Report: Player paused Chelsea negotiations to speak with Barcelona

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is in the final year of his contract with the club, and the 25-year-old is keen is yet to decide the next step of his future.

Barcelona are interested in signing up the Chelsea defender, and according to Spanish publication Sport, the La Liga giants have been in negotiations with the Chelsea defender over a potential free transfer move at the end of the season for months.

The report claims Barcelona have been keeping an eye on players in the final months of their contracts, so they can snap them up for free, and Christensen is on their list.

The report also mentioned that Christensen is also attracted to the idea of a move to the Camp Nou, which has led to the defender’s stopping contract negotiations with Chelsea.

Christensen reportedly wants to make his decision in January on whether he will extend his contract with Chelsea or accept an offer from another club.

Meanwhile, Gianluca Di Marzio, has claimed that the Blues are close to agreeing new contracts with Chelsea duo Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva.

The contracts of both players will expire at the end of the season and Chelsea have reportedly made a breakthrough in attempts to extend their contracts.

The report indicates the Blues are ‘one step away’ from agreeing terms with Christensen.

For Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, he’s not worried about the contract situation of his four defenders, as the contract of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta will wind up at the end of the season.

Asked if he was concerned over the future of the quartet, Tuchel told a press conference ahead of the Everton game: “No, not so much.

“I think that all of these players know very well how much we appreciate them, the big role they play in our plans, in the presence of this team and of this club.

“And I think they are very aware of it and will not throw it away like this.

“Of course it’s their right now to do things, but it’s also their right to stay with us and create a future and be a part of the future of Chelsea Football Club.

“And we are honoured, we are honoured with patience, we are honoured also with confidence and we are honoured with a trust in the relationship between the players and the staff, but also between the players and the club, and this is how it should be.”

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