Of all the Chelsea prospects who headed out on loan last season, Andreas Christensen was arguably the one who took the largest strides towards joining our first team in the future. At Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, the 20-year-old became one of the first names on the team sheet, anchoring a three-man backline to 4th place in the Bundesliga and respectable showings against the likes of Juventus and Manchester City in the Champions League.
Although some expected the Danish defender to return to Chelsea so Antonio Conte could get a first-hand look on him, his loan agreement with Gladbach stipulated a two-year loan, with Christensen confirming his choice to stay at Borussia-Park to guarantee significant playing time. He's even skipping the Rio Olympics in order to play for Gladbach; he's taken part in three out of four preseason games thus far.
Christensen was named Gladbach's Player of the Season last year, but as of right now, he's set to return to Chelsea next summer. Unsurprisingly, Gladbach are trying to do everything in their power to turn this loan move into a permanent one, but Chelsea have so far rejected any and all advances.
"Yes, the team is complete. If everything goes normal, we will go with the squad in the season. Our big dream is that we can keep Andreas Christensen. We will do everything in our power. He had a wonderful year."
-Max Eberl, Gladbach sporting director; Ssurce: DerWesten
Eberl had promised that they would try with a club-record bid for Christensen earlier this summer, and according to Sky sources in Germany, they did just that recently. Chelsea of course knocked it back.
Borussia Monchengladbach have had a £14.25m bid for Andreas Christensen rejected by Chelsea, according to Sky in Germany.
His loan will continue, although no further talks between the clubs over a permanent move are expected until the winter.
-source: Sky Sports
Presumably any further talks will involve Chelsea saying 'no' repeatedly, until Gladbach give up and Christensen returns ready to take the reigns of the Blues' defence alongside Kurt Zouma and/or whoever else may arrive in the meantime.