Thomas Tuchel is determined to keep hold of his defensive duo despite Barcelona’s interest and the players’ future uncertainty.
Despite interest from Barcelona, Chelsea FC is “keen to keep hold of their defensive duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen.”
Both players’ contracts will expire in the summer, and they will be free to speak with interested clubs as early as this month.
Christensen, a 25-year-old Danish defender, is also a Bayern Munich target after failing to commit to a new Chelsea contract despite months of negotiations.
Chelsea have no intention of allowing either player leave, according to the Evening Standard, despite Barcelona’s plan to include them both in a summer roster makeover.
Barcelona is growing increasingly confident in their ability to sign Christensen, and they are also attempting to sign Azpilicueta, 32, to a two-year contract with a 12-month extension option.
According to reports, Chelsea are unconcerned about their captain’s contract issue, with director Marina Granovskaia content to let the scenario play out until the end of his current term.
However, the suggested contract’s duration has proven to be a stumbling block, and the Spaniard will be tempted by Barcelona’s two-year option.
Chelsea are in talks with another defender, Antonio Rudiger, who has drawn interest from top European teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid.
While Sevilla’s Jules Kounde remains a summer defensive priority for Thomas Tuchel, the team will require other defensive reinforcements if any of Rudiger, Azpilicueta, or Christensen go.