Chelsea fans woke up this morning to a report in the Daily Mail focusing on their youth player Andreas Christensen, with a headline revealing that he earns £20,000-a-week despite being someway off first-team contention.
“Something, somewhere, is going wrong when youth team players are walking around with that kind of money,” the story went on.
But now the player’s father has responded to Wednesday’s story in the English press in an interview with Ekstra Bladet.
“It is completely out of proportion what the Daily Mail has written about Andreas’ salary,” Sten Christensen is quoted as saying. “It is tasteless and very far from reality.
“I naturally cannot say what Andreas earns, but it is completely ridiculous to bring that kind of sum in play when it is very far from reality.”
The player himself is also quoted in the report, saying, “I can say that the numbers they are promoting do not fit.”
So it seems the story surrounding one of Chelsea’s most promising young players may not be as shocking as first thought – at least in terms of the money he takes home. But whatever the player earns now, he has the talent to make a long-term claim for a first-team starting-berth in the years to come.