The Denmark international is widely expected to move to Camp Nou when his Blues contract expires

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is not surprised to see defender Andreas Christensen closing in on a move to Barcelona.

Christensens contract at Stamford Bridge expires at seasons end and despite Chelseas efforts to re-sign him, the Denmark international is now reported to have reached a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona.

Tuchel has lamented the 25-year-olds likely departure, but insisted the Blues made a competitive offer to keep him in London.

“Im not surprised, I know the reasons for it and that was not ideal,” Tuchel said.

“He did not play so much before so did not have the role he had, and then he played his hand. He was then suddenly very important and suddenly had that chance to have a contract running out and now hes taking advantage of that situation.

“Do we like it as a club? No, but hes under contract and he has the right to do so and he does, whether we like it or not.

“I think for Andreas we have unbelievably much to offer, it is the club where he came through the academy and I think he has a lot also to appreciate where he is right now.

“In his particular case we have an awful lot to offer because now is the crucial moment to step up and be a huge player with this history. But its not my decision and Im not the agent.”

Christensens likely departure has led some to suggest that the Blues should have simply upped their offer to meet the defenders demands.

Tuchel, though, has hit back at those suggestions, saying Chelsea must stay within their wage structure to avoid a knock-on effect on other players.

“I think that Chelsea pay also very good money. And if players these days run out of contract, there is sometimes a package of money that we cannot match. And if we match it it has an effect on every other player.

“Some have agents who have other players and then they know and I think we should be strong on it and I think there is a part of Chelsea to have a certain policy and some guidelines.”

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