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Chelsea, Gladbach to battle for 20 y/o Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen might find himself in a very hard situation this summer as rumors are swirling that both his parent club Chelsea and his current side Borussia Monchengladbach want to see him wear their respective kits for the next season.

The 20-year-old Dane is on the last half of his two-year loan spell with Gladbach, and has transformed himself into one of the best young defenders in Bundesliga.

Since his move to Stadion im Borussia-Park, the former Brondby youth started 74 games across all competitions, including 24 out of 27 league games this season.

Manager Antonio Conte reportedly told Chelsea’s upper echelon that he would love it if the player returns to Stamford Bridge, but the move could be easier said than done since Gladbach have made a U-turn and are now intent to keep the youngster.

“We are still fighting for Andreas Christensen,” said Ebrel to German outlet Kicker. “I have not given up hope.”

Christensen now faces a hard decision, since both choices carry heavy risks for such a young player to mind.

Chelsea are currently on pace to win the Premier League and are one of the richest clubs in the world, ensuring he’ll get at least a chance to compete in the Champions League next season and can get offered a meaty contract if he lives up to his potential.

But Conte employs a three-man defense, meaning less room in the starting XI, and the West London club currently have a surplus of top-class defenders, with David Luiz, Cezar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Gary Cahill all fighting for a spot in that backline.

If Christensen decides to stay with Gladbach, he’ll be assured of a starting spot and will play in a league known as one of the best in developing talent. But with Gladbach placed ninth in the top flight table, he risks not even getting a chance to play in the Champions League and the opportunity to showcase his skills against Europe’s top clubs, which will mean a lot for a young player that is now getting capped and getting fought over.