THOMAS TUCHEL has delivered a stark ultimatum to Andreas Christensen over his contract stand-off with Chelsea.
Boss Tuchel said there is “no good news” and has told the defender to sign a new deal and live up to claims in private that he loves the club.
Christensen, 25, will be a free agent next summer and can talk to rival clubs from next month, which is turning up the heat on the situation.
Tuchel said: “I have no good news. It was my understanding weeks ago that Andreas wants the same as me.
“That’s why it was a zero problem situation because everybody wanted the same.
“But we have been waiting a long time now for confirmation and it is for Andreas to act.
“How he acts on the pitch he needs to act off it and walk the talk because he tells us that he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay.
“He is a big part of a big club. He is a perfect fit and not done yet here.
“He can still develop and be a big player. But like I said, it is on him.
“We want commitment and, hopefully, we get it.”
Tuchel believed a deal had been verbally agreed. Chelsea wanted the player to commit to five years, while he planned for just three to keep his future options open.
The Blues have been ready to compromise but there is still no signature on an official document to cement Christensen’s place in the squad.
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He has been on the bench for the last three games as the impasse gathers momentum.
Tuchel, 48, added: “We have the hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit.”
Fellow centre-back Antonio Rudiger is also out of contract at the end of the season and talks with the German, 28, have also been dragging.
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