CHELSEA star Andreas Christensen will not leave for a Premier League rival ‘out of respect’ for the Blues.
The 25-year-old defender is out of contract in June and looks increasingly likely to leave on a free transfer despite efforts to keep him.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is facing a defensive exodus with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta also winding down their deals.
He wants Christensen to stay but previously admitted said that he has 'no idea' if he'll still be in London next season.
We reported last month that the Denmark international had already snubbed advances from other clubs in England.
Now Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has offered a further update as speculation mounts that Barcelona are ready to swoop for both Christensen and Azpilicueta on a free.
He tweeted: “Andreas Christensen won’t consider any proposal from Premier League clubs to respect Chelsea. Barcelona and FC Bayern are both interested in signing him since January – still in talks.
“Barca have approached both Azpilicueta and Christensen. No full agreement yet.”
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It has been claimed elsewhere that Christensen informed Chelsea ‘several months ago’ that he has no intention of renewing his contract.
As a result, Christensen has received big offers from several Premier League sides, as well as German champions Bayern Munich.
But Barcelona believe they can tempt him to the Nou Camp on a lucrative long-term deal.
Xavi thinks Christensen is ideal for his possession tactics and can play out from the back with ease.
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