Frank Lampard has ruled out a January transfer exit for centre-back Andreas Christensen.
The 23-year-old has made just eight Premier League starts this season under the Blues boss, and has been linked with a move to AC Milan.
Christensen has moved down the pecking order in the heart of Chelsea’s defence, with Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma all currently above him.
There have been reports that the Blues would be ready to part ways with the Denmark international, with former Blues defender Nathan Ake coming back in his place.
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But the Blues boss insists that Christensen will not be going anywhere this month.
“Yes, I can rule it out,” Lampard said. “I like Andreas as a player. I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through. What I want from Andreas to be is the best he can be.
“When you see him and you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly in choice of pass, then I think he can be all the things I want him to be and I want to work towards that. He knows that.”
Christensen has struggled to get starts under Lampard this season, having been Antonio Conte’s number one defender during the 2017/18 campaign.
The Blues have not been able to keep many clean sheets over the course of the campaign, with Rudiger being sidelined for a long period through injury.
But with the German back and Tomori and Zouma above Christensen in the pecking order, Lampard admits things are tough for the Dane to get regular football.
“The reality is we have competition at centre-back,” Lampard added. “They’re not easy conversations for me because I have to choose on what I see and generally most weeks, two of them won’t be that happy. One particularly not happy.
“But as with all…