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Andreas Christensen pays tribute to Chelsea in Instagram post ahead of imminent departure from club

Andreas Christensen writes touching Instagram post in tribute to Chelsea fans and players after ’10 great years’ at the club he joined as a 16-year-old… and admits the decision to leave for Barcelona was not was ‘easy’

  • Danish defender Andreas Christensen has honored his decade at Chelsea
  • He joined the youth team in 2012 before making 161 appearances for the Blues
  • Christensen said 2021 Champions League victory was his ‘proudest achievement’
  • Kai Havertz, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi wish the Dane good luck

Andreas Christensen has made an emotional statement on social media, paying tribute to Chelsea and their fans as they leave Stamford Bridge.

Christensen joined the Chelsea academy in 2012 and made his debut for the Blues in October 2014, but has played his last game for the club as his contract expires at the end of this week. He will leave for Barcelona on Friday 1 July.

The Danish International went to Instagram to share a passionate message about his decade at the club, when he joined as a youth player and won the Champions League last summer, noting that the last few months have been “tough” mentally.

Danish defender Andreas Christensen has honored his decade at Chelsea on Instagram

Danish defender Andreas Christensen has honored his decade at Chelsea on Instagram

Christensen wrote: ‘THANKS FOR EVERYTHING’, before speaking of feeling ‘at home’ in Chelsea’s youth line-up, having left Denmark as a teenager.

“When I was 16, I had to make a difficult decision to leave Denmark,” he recalls. “There was only one choice for me and that was Chelsea. From the moment I arrived they made me feel at home, I am grateful to Jim Fraser and Neil Bath who immediately embraced me as part of their family.”

The Danish centre-back has won trophies at Chelsea from the start, including domestically in the 2013-14 season and in Europe the following year.

“Some of my proudest moments at the club were when we won the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League,” said Christensen. “That was a special group of young players that I was proud to have as teammates.”

Christensen joined the youth team in 2012 before going 161 times for the Blues

Christensen joined the youth team in 2012 before going 161 times for the Blues

He also leaves London with several senior achievements, and one from May 2021 is a particular highlight. The 26-year-old can be seen holding Europe’s elite club trophy in the main photo of the post.

“Last year was my proudest achievement as a player and a team when we won the Champions League in Porto,” he wrote.

“I was a young boy at Chelsea with all the hopes and fears of a player starting his career. I am grateful to the whole club for making my dream come true,” he added.

“After ten great years at this club, I felt that now was the right time for a new beginning for me and my family. The last few months have been tough mentally as it was not 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 club and the fans all the best for the future.’

Chelsea players including Kai Havertz, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi all responded to the post to wish Christensen the best of luck with his future plans.

The 26-year-old said winning the Champions League last year was his 'proudest achievement'.

The 26-year-old said winning the Champions League last year was his ‘proudest achievement’.

Sportsmail previously reported that Christensen is very likely to join Xavi’s Barcelona team in Spain, although this has not been confirmed at this time.

Earlier this month, Chelsea confirmed that Christensen would leave at the end of June with the Dane’s contract expiring after talks between the club and the player failed to lead to him extending his time in the capital.

A statement on the club website read at the time: ‘Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Andreas for contributing to our success over the past decade and wish him every success in his future career.’

In addition to the 2021 Champions League, the 26-year-old also won the Europa League 2019, the 2021 UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in February this year, making a total of 161 appearances for the Londoners.



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