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Andreas Christensen to miss Olympics, confirming another season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Borussia Mönchengladbach's official website reports that the club have come to an agreement with the German and Danish national football associations to keep youngsters Mahmoud Dahoud and Andreas Christensen away from the respective U23 sides at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"The clubs are not obliged to make players available for the Olympic Games. But we also didn't forbid either of the players to take part in the Games. It is much more the case that the Bundesliga clubs were able to reach an early decision with the DFB that only two players per club would be made available for the Olympic Games. And the clubs that are still looking to qualify for a European club competition, would not have to make any players available at all."

-Max Eberl, director; source: Borussia

Eberl's talking specifically about the sensible agreement made with the German FA, but the website assures that a similar agreement was made with the Danish FA.  Gladbach will be involved in Champions League play-offs towards the middle of August, which directly conflicts with the later rounds of the Olympic tournament.

"I'd rather play a full season in the Champions League, than a few games at the Olympics."

-Andreas Christensen; source: Borussia

What's not being said, and probably because it doesn't need to be said, is the implicit confirmation that Andreas Christensen will be staying on loan at Gladbach for sure next season.  Gladbach certainly are planning the start of their season around it.  There had been rumors of Chelsea breaking the two-year loan agreement and bringing the kid back early, but it looks like smarter heads have prevailed.  Hurray for good decisions (assuming the ideal scenario of Christensen doing really well once again this coming season, and then returning to anchor the defense at Chelsea as well the season after plays out)!

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