Andreas Christensen is on the verge of making a move to the Blaugrana and depart the Blues, but he insisted that making the decision to leave Chelsea was not easy
revealed that he struggled with making a decision to departChelsea
, with the Denmark international close to joiningBarcelona
as a free agent.
Chelsea announced that the player was to depart the club when his contract is over, having helped them keep 14 clean sheets in 34 games for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues last season.
Christensen joined the Premier League side as a youth player when departing Brondby in 2012, contributing to the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea.
He has now talked about the hardship he came across in deciding to take up a new challenge, saying on Instagram: "I had a tough decision to make at the age of 16 to leave Denmark. There was only ever one choice for me and that was Chelsea. From the moment I arrived they made me feel at home.
"Some of my proudest moments at the club were when we won FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. Those were a special group of young players that I was proud to have as team-mates.
"Last year was my proudest achievement as a player and team when we lifted the Champions League in Porto.
"I was a young boy at Chelsea with all the hopes and fears of a player starting his career, I'm grateful to the whole club for making my dream come true.
"Having spent 10 amazing years at this club, I felt now was the right time for a new beginning for me and my family. Mentally the last few months have been tough as it's not been an easy decision to leave this club and the fans.
"I'm not the most talkative person so sometimes people don't understand how much the club and the fans mean to me. I will miss the players, staff and everyone here. I wish the best for the club and the fans in the future."
The player featured in 93 games in the Premier League with Chelsea and was on a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015 and 2017.
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