Andreas Christensen is in his final year of contract at Chelsea and has not yet committed his long-term future to the Blues, resulting in reports linking him to other clubs.

During the last international break, the defender insisted his situation at Stamford Bridge isn’t “bad” and explained he is ‘happy’ at the west London club. Christensen made every effort to calm the situation around him.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have played two matches since the break and the German manager has left the 25-year-old on the bench on both occasions.

Trevoh Chalobah was preferred ahead of the Denmark international and the manager’s choice paid off as the replacement scored in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win over Juventus on Tuesday.

BT have given verdicts on the Danes who were eligible to feature in the midweek European competition and this includes Christensen. They say it’s ‘very worrying’ that Tuchel has not handed the player minutes in the last two matches.

Although there has been no reports of an injury or fatigue, they say ‘one can easily interpret’ the omission as a ‘form of punishment’ to Christensen, for not signing a new deal. BT state it ‘would be a pity’ if the Dane were to spend the rest of the season on the bench.

This feels like something of a jump, and it’s hard to imagine Tuchel benching a player purely for Chelsea renewal reasons.