Andreas Christensen: Tuchel hopes defender will sign new Chelsea FC contract despite Kounde transfer bid

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Thomas Tuchel hopes Andreas Christensen will sign a new deal at Chelsea, despite plans to bring in Jules Kounde next week.

The centre-back has been offered a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge and was outstanding in the European champions’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Tuchel’s side were reduced to 10-men on the stroke of half time after Reece James’ red card for a goal-line handball – but Christensen was key as they held out for a point.

Asked if the Denmark international would commit his future to Stamford Bridge, Tuchel responded: “Hopefully.

“Andreas is very strong since day one. He plays in the central position and finished the game in the right position because we brought Thiago on and decided to stay in a back five.

“He is very strong. Super talented. He loves Chelsea, he is a Chelsea boy from the academy. This has a huge impact.”

After selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham, Chelsea are hoping to complete the signing of Sevilla’s Kounde before the transfer window closes next week – but Tuchel has made it clear Christensen remains in his plans.

“In the moment I think he feels the trust,” he added. “He knows he can absolutely help. He is a top defender and top guy.

“I have the feeling he is growing every week in confidence and personality, which is good. He is doing fantastic since day one and getting better and better.”

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Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead at Anfield with a 22nd minutes – but Mo Salah equalised from the spot in first half stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Tuchel confirmed the extent of N’Golo Kante’s injury that forced the France midfielder off at half-time, saying: “He is injured, he had to go out.

“He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and a little bit of inflammation, nothing serious because he was back in training and, as you could see, he started today.

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“In winning the ball in this situation, the opponent fell on his ankle, twisted it again. He immediately had the same pain as before the Arsenal game when he missed it. He was lacking the force to accelerate and we had to take him off.

“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down, taking off N’Golo Kante at half-time, and having Liverpool play towards the Kop? So a pretty tough one.

“But we did excellently and we are super happy with what we did. We deserved the point.”

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