Young Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen spent the last two seasons in Germany, defending the shirt of Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League. It was a very fruitful arrangement for all parties involved, giving Andreas plenty of playing time to develop his skills while helping Gladbach achieve some good results on the pitch, especially in the first season.
In fact, Gladbach football director Max Eberl has tried his best to retain Christensen for most of the past year now, but has recently admitted defeat in that aim. However, he retains a bit of fool’s hope just in case it doesn’t work out for the 21-year-old back at Chelsea next season.
"We will lose him, because he has to return. But if he doesn't play the role he envisions for himself in preseason, we have a chance to talk again as a club where he has made good experiences for two years."
"He might play [at Chelsea] or they might want to sell him for €25 million. We'd be out of it then. But there is still the chance that because Andreas feels incredibly well at Gladbach he would like to stay."
"He would also like to become a permanent member of Chelsea's starting XI, but they've won the title, [will] play Champions League and also want to achieve something. There are several factors, and maybe I am fooling myself. But it's true: Andreas feels very, very good at Gladbach."
-Max Eberl; source: ESPN FC
Christensen’s representatives have made it clear that they expect the youngster to get at least a fair shot under Conte in the coming offseason. Hopefully he turns out to be as good as advertised and we can put him down as another loan system success story.