Andreas Christensen has been awarded the number 27 shirt and has been added to the first team squad ahead of the new season, report the Metro.
After spending two years on-loan at German side Borussia Monchengladbach, the 21-year-old has been drafted into the first team squad by Antonio Conte who looks to have all but confirmed the future of the Denmark international.
During his time in Germany, Christensen made just under 80 appearances for Monchengladbach, where he established himself as one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga.
At one point, the Chelsea youth product look certain for a move away from the club with The Sun reporting that the defender had hinted at an exit. However, after flying out to Asia for Chelsea’s pre-season tour, the young defender looks set to be part of Chelsea’s Premier League squad next season.
In an interview with the Metro, the central defender spoke about his experience in Germany and explained that he had returned a much improved player to the one that left for Germany in 2015:
“The physical side of things is something I still have to build on, but mentally it has given me a lot.”
“I’m more confident, I feel ready for bigger things. I was up against a lot of top strikers, big teams,” revealed the Denmark international who has been at Chelsea since 2013.”