It would have been quite useful for Chelsea to be able to bring Andreas Christensen back to England this summer. One of the best young footballers in Germany last year, the 20 year old defender really impressed on his Bundesliga loan.

The problem for Chelsea is that the loan with Borussia Monchengladbach is for a period of two years, and there was no squeezing out of it. The player’s will has also been important, with Christensen showing no signs of trying to force things.

As twists of fate go, it could be a big one. Chelsea will move on and set their defenders for next season, and Gladbach are looking to sign the player permanently.

Gladbach’s Eberl has told Germany’s Kicker: “The Chelsea contact is very, very close. There is definitely a chance. How high the price will be, is something which will now need to be discussed.”

Christensen himself spoke to this week’s edition of Kicker’s magazine and told them: “I don’t see that I necessarily need to go to England to move forward in my career.”

However, the youngster also talked about what a help John Terry has been to his career, and explained he still speaks to the Chelsea, even though he’s on loan at Gladbach.