Danish centreback Andreas Christensen has claimed Chelsea will not be selling any players this summer due to the two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA on the Blues, which they have lodged an appeal against.
Over a month ago, the world’s governing body of football imposed a transfer ban for two consecutive windows as well as a fine of £460,000 on the west London side over the club’s breaching the rules regarding the signing of 29 players aged under 18. The Stamford Bridge outfit immediately released a statement “categorically refuting the findings” before launching an appeal.
While Chelsea are currently waiting for the outcome of the appeal, FIFA have refused to suspend the ban while the club disputes the decision and in a recent interview with a Danish newspaper, Christensen has claimed the club have signalled their decision to not sell any players during the next transfer windows, prompting the Danish centrehalf to express his disappointment at the club’s plan.
“The messages we’ve got are that Chelsea can’t appeal the case and therefore want to keep all the players,” said the Denmark international centrehalf, who went on to convey his dismay. “The situation I have ended up in has been very difficult to accept.”
Despite making his senior breakthrough at the club last campaign under Antonio Conte, largely excelling as part of the former Chelsea manager’s favoured backthree, Christensen has seen himself cast at the fringes this term under Maurizio Sarri, especially in the league.
While he has gained significant minutes in the Europa League, he has managed just three Premier League starts and the 22-year-old Dane admits his frustration at his situation at Stamford Bridge.
“I have tried to show myself on the training track, but it is difficult because it is limited how much we train with all the matches the team is going to play,” continued Christensen. “Now I have played the matches in the Europa League and hope it will continue as long as we are in the tournament.”