Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel drops Andreas Christensen over contract delay

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said he dropped Andreas Christensen over the defender’s reluctance to finalize a new contract with the London club.

Christensen has played 13 times for Chelsea this season, but has not been seen since the start of their 1-1 draw with Burnley on Nov. The Danish international’s current deal expires at the end of the season.

“We have to hope it affects the contract situation a bit,” Tuchel told a news conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Watford.

“We are now waiting a long time for confirmation. It is up to Andreas to act as he acts on the field outside the field and make the talk.

“I had understood weeks ago that Andreas wants the same as me and the club.

“He tells us that he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay and be a big part (of the club) because he’s a big part of a big club. I think he’s the perfect fit, he is not finished here yet, his career here is not finished.

Chelsea are top of the Premier League, a point ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Watford is three points above the relegation zone.

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