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Written by Martin Graham | June 12 2022
Chelsea have officially announced the departure of Andreas Christensen from the club after eight seasons.
This is the end of a 10-year stay at the club, however, from where he will move to Barcelona on a free transfer after nearly a year of being associated with the club.
Chelsea paid tribute to his dedication to the club in the eight years he was a senior player while confirming his transfer with the following statement: “Chelsea Football Club thanks Andreas for his contribution to our success in the past decade and wishes him all the best in his future career.”
The 26-year-old Denmark international moved to England from Denmark in 2012, but made his debut for the club in 2014. He was on the sidelines and was loaned out multiple times in the typical Chelsea manner of preparing him for the club. club or for sale.
It turned out to be the former and after two impressive loan spells with German club Borussia Moenchengladbach, Christensen was called up in the 2017/18 season and joined the team, making 27 league appearances.
Return to the team role
However, he became a member of the team and appeared in fewer matches than in the 2017/18 season. He has been a solid support for all the coaches he has played under, as evidenced by Thomas Tuchel who struggled to keep the defender at Stamford Bridge before opting to move from the club.
And it became the second confirmed defensive departure for the club after Antonio Rudiger, who moved to Real Madrid and will become a competitor with him when the Clasico match begins next season.
It is still expected that more of the club’s defense will come out, which will put the club between a rock and a hard place in the summer transfer window.
Other departures from Chelsea
The Danish centre-back is the fifth player to leave the club so far, with young defender Jake Clark Salter joining him and midfielders Danny Drinkwater, Charlie Musonda and Rudiger also all confirmed exits.
Chelsea, despite being armed with £200m for their business in the summer, are in big trouble getting all the replacements they need.
Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum