Former Chelsea defender William Gallas casts doubt on Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen signing new contracts


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Both defenders are out of contract at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea defender William Gallas is unsure if Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen have futures at the club, insisting the Blues should be prioritising a new deal for Antonio Rudiger.

All three Chelsea defenders are out of contract at the end of the season.

The Blues have so far been reluctant to meet Rudiger’s wage demands with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in signing the Germany international.

Club captain Azpilicueta has been strongly linked with a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid interested in his services, while Christensen is on Barcelona’s radar.

Gallas, who spent five years at Stamford Bridge between 2001 and 2006, admitted the situation is ‘not looking good’ for the Dane while suggesting Azpilicueta may be thinking about his future in the side.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg
Rudiger’s deal is also up this summer (Picture: Getty)

But the Frenchman insists it is imperative Chelsea get Rudiger tied down to a new deal above all else.

‘They have to try to sign at least one of them. If I had to choose, I would say sign Rüdiger because he is the best defender out of the three,’ Gallas told Genting Casino.

‘Azpi is 32 years old, so it is a little bit different because at his age he will want to play every week. I know what that is like. It can be hard to accept not being a first team regular and sitting on the bench and not all players can accept it.’

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On Christensen, who has made 11 starting appearances in the league this season, Gallas added: ‘I don’t know what is going on with Christensen.

‘I don’t know if Chelsea are happy with his performances, but he’s still young. They didn’t extend his contract, so it looks like they are looking to replace him.

‘It is a really difficult situation because Christensen is still young, but it’s not looking good for him to stay at the club.’

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