Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel has said that his decision to bench centre-back Andreas Christensen was intentional to watch the player commitment with the club.
Naija News understands that the Danish footballer’s current contract expires with the Blues next year and an extension is expected
However, Tuchel has said that the player not currently being selected for matches is due to his contract stand-off with the club.
Tuchel challenged Christensen to prove his commitment to the Premier League club by signing a new deal in other to enjoy features.
Naija News understands that the 25-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since the international break, having been left on the bench for the last three games.
Speaking on his decision while addressing the club press ahead of their trip to Watford, Tuchel said: “We have the hope that it (Christensen’s lack of action) influences the contract situation a little bit.
“My understanding weeks ago was that Andreas wants the same as me and the club. But we have been waiting a long time for confirmation.
“How he acts on the pitch, he needs to act now off the pitch and walk the talk. He tells us he loves Chelsea and he wants to stay. He is a big part of a big club. We want the commitment,” Tuchel noted.
Meanwhile, former English professional footballer and coach, John Sillett has been confirmed dead.
Naija News understands that the former Chelsea player died at the age of 85.
The deceased’s family confirmed the sportsman’s death in a statement released on Tuesday, November 30, though didn’t disclose the cause of Sillett’s death.
The statement read “Obviously the family are really saddened by Dad’s passing but we are all so proud of him and what he achieved.
“His ability to spot things tactically, change them during a game and enhance the abilities of players was top class, the respect he had from top people in the game and the kind words we have already received already underline the high regard in which he was held by the football world.”
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