Chelsea are said to have called off contract talks with Andreas Christensen after hitting a stalemate.
The Denmark international’s current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in June 2022, which means he will be free to speak with foreign clubs at the start of the year.
Chelsea were said to be confident of agreeing a new contract with the centre-back, who has been a key player for the Blues this season, making 13 appearances across all competitions.
According to The Telegraph, the London club has reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Dane due to disagreements over the length of the contract.
According to the report, the 25-year-old and his representatives verbally agreed to a new five-year contract, but they are now demanding that it be reduced to three years.
As a result, discussions between the two parties are said to have been halted.
“Hopefully soon (when he will sign a new deal). I feel valued, I’m happy but I do not get into the contract situation. I do not know why everyone thinks it is a bad situation. Because I’m still happy and I enjoy playing football,” the Dane told BT when asked about his situation.
“I’m a player who right now enjoys playing football [at Chelsea] and the coach shows confidence [in me]. There is no bad relationship, there is nothing.”
Christensen, who joined Chelsea from Brondby in 2012, has made 140 appearances for the club in all competitions.