By Wayne Veysey

26th Nov, 2021 | 6:45am

Sources: Christensen close to agreeing Chelsea deal after pre-January talks breakthrough

Chelsea have made a breakthrough in contract talks with Andreas Christensen, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The centre-back, 25, has seven months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge and his future has been in major doubt.

A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the club are close to agreeing a new deal with Christensen following a breakthrough in negotiations.

It means the Denmark international could soon put pen to paper on a deal committing his prime years to the European champions.

That would be a major boost to Chelsea, who have four senior defenders out of contract at the end of the season.

In addition to Christensen , Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva are all due to be free agents from next summer.

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Keeping the Dane is a priority of manager Thomas Tuchel and the club hierarchy.

He has been a key player under the ex-PSG boss and has started 12 Premier League and Champions League matches in total this season.

Of the defenders who Tuchel uses in his three-man back line only Rudiger has made more starts than Christensen this season.

He has a 10-year association with Chelsea dating back to when he joined from Brondby in 2012 at the age of 15.

The centre-half made his first team debut two years later in a League Cup tie against Shrewsbury and has made 140 appearances in total for Chelsea.

He also spent two years on loan at German club Borussia Mönchengladbach and has racked up 54 Denmark caps.

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