Gladbach Director of Football Max Eberl says Chelsea won't sell Andreas Christensen to Barcelona
Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen has caught the eye with impressive performances for German side Borussia Mönchengladbach and is the subject of transfer speculation, with Barcelona reportedly interested in the Danish defender.
Max Eberl, the Director of Football for Borussia Monchengladbach, in an interview with The Express, has said that Andreas Christensen will not be sold by Chelsea to Barcelona.
The understanding is that Chelsea is keen to bring the player back to Stamford Bridge once his loan spell at the German club comes to an end at the end of the season.
We are interested in making the move permanent, say Gladbach
When asked about Gladbach’s interest in retaining the services of the player for the foreseeable future, Eberl replied, “It is a complicated situation and we need to have this conversation with Chelsea. We all know that the conversation won't go: "Can I have him?" Yes! "How much?" This much! "Okay, I'll pay. Goodbye.”
"We have a very good relationship with Chelsea. This is going to take time. We will tackle the issue, unfortunately I can not promise that it will happen tomorrow or the day after. Our position is clear — we have to see when and how to implement it."
Recent reports claim Gladbach is willing to break their club transfer record to make the loan deal for Christensen a permanent one. The player has seamlessly adapted to the Gladbach defence, becoming a feature for the German side and has been on loan at the club for the last two seasons.
Thorgan Hazard does not have a buy-back clause, says Eberl
Max Eberl was also quick to deny that brother of Chelsea winger Eden, Thorgan Hazard, has no buy-back clause attached to his contract with Gladbach.
Thorgan Hazard has been in supreme goalscoring form, with rumours linking him back to a return to Stamford Bridge and a reunion with his brother and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard.
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However, Eberl did not rule out the possibility of Thorgan moving back to Chelsea because of the financial superiority of the West London giants. But, Eberl stated that the club will do everything they can to retain the services of the players.
Chelsea has won 6 youth competitions in the last 10 years. Several of Chelsea’s youth players are sent out on loan, to further enhance their football intelligence and develop skills with regular playing time.
With speculations increasing questions about the future of these players, January will be an interesting month to monitor the transfer activities of both clubs although it's unlikely a deal will be completed.