BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH have accepted that they won’t be able to keep hold of Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen this summer.
The Danish defender’s successful two-year loan stint with the Bundesliga outfit is set to come to an end when this season finishes.
Gladbach have already sold impressive youngster Mahmoud Dahoud to Borussia Dortmund and sporting director Max Eberl is now resigned to losing Christensen as well.
“He must go back to Chelsea FC,” Eberl said.
“Those are the two players [Dahoud and Christensen] that we have to replace in the summer.
“There are no others. And we don’t want any others [to leave us].”
Christensen has made 71 appearances for Gladbach over the past two seasons, scoring seven times.
The 20-year-old will hope he has shown enough in Germany to convince Antonio Conte into giving him a shot at Premier League action next term.
Chelsea could yet complete a mega-money move for a new defender this summer, having been linked with several top names recently.
But we could spend our cash elsewhere and promote Christensen into the first-team fold instead.
Chelsea signed Christensen from Danish outfit Brondby in 2012 and he has made three first-team appearances for the west London giants to date.