As we first mentioned in the loan round-up, centre back Andreas Christensen has picked up a gluteal muscle injury over the weekend, which will keep him out from not only Borussia Monchengladbach’s Champions League match against Celtic tonight, but also for the “foreseeable future”.
While it’s standard practice for on-loan players to return to Chelsea for treatment on major injuries (e.g. Tomas Kalas and Alex Kiwomya recently), it’s unclear at this time whether Christensen has done the same or he has stayed with the club who are desperate to sign him on permanent basis when his two-year loan deal expires at the end of the season.
Over the past year, Christensen has established himself as one of the best central defenders in the Bundesliga at the ripe old age of 20 years. Compared favorably with the likes of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng it’s no surprise that even the likes of Barcelona are keeping tabs on him.
Over the summer, there were rumors of Chelsea cutting short the two-year loan deal and re-introducing Andreas into a Chelsea team relying on a 35-year-old John Terry and hoping that Kurt Zouma returns none worse for the wear after a torn ACL. Calmer heads prevailed and allowed Christensen to see out his loan contract at the club where he had improved so significantly. Chelsea instead negotiated a deal to bring back the more experienced Chelsea fan favourite David Luiz.
On the other hand, cutting short the deal may turn out to have been rather more advisable, as Gladbach are determined to do everything in their powers to keep Christensen at the club.
SPORT1: Gladbach want to intensify their efforts to sign Andreas Christensen again. Max Eberl: "We really want to sign Andreas permanently."— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern__) August 17, 2016
The young Dane was asked to comment himself on the situation and gave a professional, intelligent, and possibly worrying reply to Rheinischen Post:
I do not know yet whether my future lies at Chelsea or Borussia Monchengladbach.
Maybe the decision is not mine to make. Perhaps I do not even have a choice. There is nothing I can do if Chelsea want me to return.
But if I get to make the decision myself, I will take my time and take everything into consideration. It is not an easy decision.
I like both clubs and do not want to compare them.
Christensen has found his sophomore season a bit tougher than the last, with a few noteworthy individual errors creeping into his game. Starting each and every game for club and country will take a physical toll on any player, but it will surely be considered a great learning experience for the youngster on how to maintain mental sharpness on the pitch. He had played very well over the weekend before his injury.
Andreas Christensen: Made more passes vs HSV (123) than any other player has in a Bundesliga match this season #BMGHSV— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 16, 2016
It would beneficial if Christensen were to indeed return to Chelsea while rehabbing this injury, to re-introduce him to the team, the new coach, and remind him that we are banking on him for the future. Chelsea have made many mistakes in recent years in not giving promising players the proper opportunities or failing to re-introduce them to the first-team after successful loan spells; Christensen must not become the latest example in that series of unfortunate decisions.