Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is eager to make his first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, but insists that he’s not becoming unsettled with the wait.
Aged 18, Christensen was retained in the club’s senior squad after Jose Mourinho opted to send Tomas Kalas to FC Koln on a season-long loan, but the closest he has come to an appearance so far has been a place on the bench for the Capital One Cup win over Bolton Wanderers.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese manager is understood to be a keen admirer of the Danish centre-back, who arrived from local side Brondby in 2012, and has been advising him to work on his physique in order to be able to handle the rigours of English top-flight football.
‘He asked me to focus [more] on my physique. So that is what I am doing right now,’ Christensen told Danish newspaper BT while on international duty with the under-21s.
‘Only a few months ago I was moved from Chelsea's youth squad to the first team, but I have only played friendly matches. My patience is not exhausted yet.
‘Chelsea is a very special club. First-team players are at a very high level. I still get a lot out of [training with them]. Not least John Terry, who is a good teacher. The experience he has, I would benefit from.’
Christensen also revealed his frustration at the infamous Daily Mail article published in April before the second leg of the club’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Arsenal, which claimed that the under-21 international was earning £20,000-per-week in north London – a report he labels ridiculous.
‘If it had been true, it would in my view have been wrong,’ he said. ‘From my perspective, the story was poorly timed. On the same day it was reported, it was not just my birthday but I also had to play an important game. Luckily I delivered a good performance but, having said that, my preparation wasn’t optimal.’
With Chelsea’s star-studded squad, the fact remains that Christensen will have a hard time breaking into Mourinho’s long-term plans but, given that the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United were all reported to be courting his signature before a deal with the Blues was struck, he has enough potential to beat the odds.