Several defenders have left Stamford Bridge this summer.
Most notably, club legend John Terry has ended his 26-year career at the Blues, as he’s now joined Championship side Aston Villa.
Antonio Conte has also seen Nathan Ake leave the club to join Bournemouth in a 20 million pound deal.
Those outgoings may have opened up space on the Blues books for Virgil Van Dijk, but there is also another player ready to fill the void: Andreas Christensen.
The 21-year-old Danish international is back at the club after two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Conte on Christensen
So will Christensen get his chance to shine this year?
Can he force a way into the starting XI and break up the Chelsea back three of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta?
Yes, according to the Dane’s dad.
This week Andreas’s father, Sten, has spoken about his son on Danish television, revealing what Antonio Conte thinks of the Scandinavian star. He said:
“They rate him highly. They’re very happy to have him and they have high expectations from him. After the first training session after his return, Conte had gone to Michael Emenalo and told him ‘He’s even better live than on television!’
“He’s coming back to Chelsea as a first team player, not as a youth player. But of course he’s still young, only 21 and if you look at the guys he’s up against it’s going to be difficult. But we’ll have to be patient.
“Many clubs are interested, top clubs from the best four leagues but Chelsea don’t want to sell him.”
Chelsea start the defence of their EPL crown with a home match against Burnley on Saturday.