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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen may leave in January without first-team chances - father

Chelsea's Andreas Christensen may leave in January without first-team chances - father

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Andreas Christensen will ask to leave Chelsea in January if he continues to struggle for first-team opportunities, his father and agent has said.

Maurizio Sarri has employed a back four and returned David Luiz to the starting XI alongside Antonio Rudiger, leaving Christensen -- who broke into the team at the expense of Luiz under Antonio Conte last season -- out.

The defender has voiced frustration at the situation, describing his lack of minutes under Sarri as "very difficult."

And in an interview with Danish television, the 22-year-old's father Sten said he did not consider a loan move in the New Year to be a viable option.

"If his situation doesn't change around Christmas, we'll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say: 'OK, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?'" he said.

"For me, it's not a loan again. Either it's Chelsea or else he needs to leave. I don't think a loan is the optimal situation for Andreas. It's sort of either or.

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"I think, unfortunately, Chelsea have too many players who just go out on loan if they aren't going to use them, and I don't think Andreas should get caught in that.

"I'm of the conviction that we'll attempt to move Andreas in the winter time [if he is not playing]. Around Christmas, something else needs to happen."

Christensen has come closer than any Chelsea academy graduate since John Terry to establishing himself as a regular, starting 23 Premier League matches last season at the heart of a back three.

Selling him would be a difficult decision for Chelsea, particularly given that Luiz, keeping him out of the team, is 32 in April and out of contract in June.

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