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Borussia Mönchengladbach director confirms intention to sign Chelsea loanee on permanent deal

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Defender Andreas Christensen has been one of our loan stars this season, having locked down a starting spot at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach since the start of the season. His showings for the team — including a 2-goal performance against Werder Bremen last Friday — have earned him a lot of praise, including from his coach Andre Schubert and from Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl, who's confirmed that they will try to sign Christensen on a permanent deal in the summer.

"Our intention is to try and get into talks with Chelsea in the summer. Andreas fulfils everything we've seen in him. And we are delighted that we were able to take him on loan without any ifs and buts."

-Max Eberl; source: kicker via ESPN FC

Eberl also revealed in his interview that Chelsea do not have a recall clause in Christensen's loan contract, which means that he's already guaranteed to stay at Gladbach for next season as well.  But Eberl wants more, apparently.

Christensen also spoke to the press about a potential stay at the Borussia-Park beyond the two-year loan, with his primary intention, just as before, being regular playing time.

"I am very happy. I will give it my best in the two years here, and see what the future has in store for me. It's of no use to return [to Chelsea] if I don't get any playing time there. A lot can happen."

-Andres Christensen; source: ESPN FC

If Christensen does moves to Gladbach on a definitive transfer, he won't be the first Chelsea loanee to do so — Thorgan Hazard did the same in February last year and his the deal also includes a buy-back clause for the Blues. A move for Christensen along similar lines wouldn't be the worst idea, though given his already earned home-grown status as well as the potential he's showing in Germany, he might be able to play a key part at Chelsea sooner rather than later.

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