Gladbach keen to extend Christensen stay

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said he is hopeful of reaching an agreement with Chelsea to retain defender Andreas Christensen beyond the current season.

The Denmark international joined Die Fohlen in July 2015 on a two-year-loan-deal and was named their Player of the Season after an impressive debut campaign.

Christensen started the first seven games for Andre Schubert’s side in the Bundesliga this term, but missed the Champions League clash with Celtic and the trip to FC Bayern München with a muscular injury.

Eberl is keen to extend the 20-year-old’s stay at Borussia Park, although he has doubts over a permanent deal being struck with the Blues, who see Christensen as one for the future.

“It will be hard work. I have hope it can be done, I don’t know whether we’ll buy him. Probably not,” Eberl told Sky Deutschland.

“He is going to be a world-class player. Chelsea are not going to sell such a player to Barcelona or Bayern.

“Maybe there are other models worth considering. We have to talk to Chelsea. Andreas is very Chelsea affine. He also says, ‘If I have the chance to be a starter at Chelsea then I will return’.”