Playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga last year, young Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has grown from an Academy hopeful to one of the top young talents associated with the club.
Unsurprisingly, after the 20-year-old's stellar first year on loan, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has publicly declared on multiple occasions his intention of making Christensen's continuing loan move a permanent one -- though Chelsea would be very foolish to agree to anything like that.
Meanwhile, Christensen himself just wants to play and develop even further. He does have a long-term goal of playing for Chelsea, which is fantastic, but for now, he's concentrating on what's in front of him, as he should.
"The main thing is, to play. That's the main thing that I want for my future. It is all about playing football and that's it. [Playing at Chelsea] is an ambition of mine, to play over there in the first team but right now I am not thinking about the future."
"I am not thinking about Chelsea and what they are doing and what I am doing. I am focusing on what Borussia is doing. I am just really looking forward to playing games and hopefully qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League."
"I am thinking about what I am doing this season because I really need to push after the first good one. So now I am just really looking forward to push for the second season and try to develop as a footballer even more."
-Andreas Christensen; source: Goal
Not resting on his previous laurels and improving further on last season's form are the keys for Christensen to make it at the Bridge, and he seems well aware of that. Other than Eberl's constant chirping, Christensen's situation is evolving exactly as we had hoped; hopefully it will indeed all come together next summer, when he returns to Chelsea to play his part in the Conte Era.