CHELSEA star Andreas Christensen is determined to nail down a place in Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans.
Christensen enjoyed his most consistent Chelsea campaign last term, making 40 appearances in all competitions and winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.
But the 22-year-old knows he will now have to start again with Sarri replacing Antonio Conte over the summer.
David Luiz, who was ostracized by Conte, is set to be given a reprieve by Sarri while Ethan Ampadu is also pushing for a regular senior role.
Christensen was left on the bench for Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City on Sunday but he’s eager to prove he warrants a starting spot.
He told the London Evening Standard: “That [a starting spot] is one of the goals. I want to build on last season and get better.
“There’s not much to say [about that] because that’s where you want to be. I want to play, hopefully, the whole season again.”
Christensen was deployed as a holding midfielder for part of Denmark’s World Cup campaign.
While he enjoyed playing slightly further forward in Russia, he believes centre defence will always be his main position.
Christensen added: “It’s hard to say [about how comfortable he feels in midfield].
“I definitely prefer playing as a defender. I don’t mind going into midfield in certain games because I know what I have to do…but, normally, I would prefer being in defence.”
Sergio Aguero bagged a brace for City goals as the Pep Guardiola’s champions saw off Chelsea at Wembley.
The Blues begin their Premier League season with a trip to Huddersfield on Saturday before hosting rivals Arsenal next weekend.