Andreas Christensen has made a big impact since arriving at Barcelona last summer on a free transfer after his contract expired at Chelsea.
There had been some air of skepticism around his signing, with his pedigree in big games being questioned in particular. But the Dane has silenced all his doubters and done so in style, establishing himself as a permanent fixture in the Barça defence when fit and available.
Christensen’s solid and consistent displays have been key to the Catalans boasting a top-notch defensive record this season.
And now, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Barcelona consider Christensen as ‘untouchable’ and will not be listening to any sort of offers for him in the summer transfer window.
The Blaugrana are in a difficult position Financial Fair Play-wise and need to make some big sales in the summer in order to balance their books.
Names such as Ansu Fati and Eric Garcia have been talked about as possible departees for the upcoming transfer window.
But, what seems to be clear is that Barcelona will not entertain any sort of offers for Christensen. The La Liga leaders see the defender as a top player who has adjusted very well to the squad and the style of play at Camp Nou.
Considering that he is just 26 years old, the belief within the Barça camp is that the Danish international can continue to be a fixture in their defence for the next seven or eight years.
Recently, Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand praised Christensen, claiming that he is one of the best defenders in the world currently.
“Andreas is among the best in that position if he isn’t the best. If I were in a club and had to choose a centre-back, I would choose him. And now he has come to a team where you really appreciate the way he plays that position,” he had said.
It is an indicator of the level at which Christensen has been performing this season and hence it does not come as a surprise that Barcelona see him as an ‘untouchable’ and will keep him at the club for next season and beyond.
However, Xavi Hernandez & co. will have to make do without their defensive mainstay for the next three weeks or so after he injured himself while on national team duty on Thursday.