Andreas Christensen left Chelsea confused with last minute FA Cup withdrawal

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Andreas Christensen has almost certainly played his last game for Chelsea after refusing to take part in Sunday’s FA Cup Final.

Christensen was expected to start for the Blues at Wembley but dropped a bombshell on the morning of the game saying he was not ready to play – which did not go down well with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, whose injury-hit side went on to lose on penalties to Liverpool.

Daily Star Sport understands a source close to Christensen claimed the player was unwell during the week and did not think he was going to start, but his behaviour nonetheless shocked his team-mates.

The defender, who is expected to join Barcelona as a free agent when his contract runs out this summer, has had an uneasy relationship with Tuchel since he was dropped earlier this season as the stand-off over his contract raged and uncertainty over his future grew.

But the Denmark international left his Blues team-mates shocked and confused when he disappeared from team hotel before Saturday's game, and he is now unlikely to feature in Chelsea’s final two games of the season against Leicester and Watford.

Christensen joined the London club in 2012 from Danish side Brondby, but didn't manage to get regular first-team football until he returned from a successful two-year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017.

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The 26-year-old has started just 17 Premier League games this season but was in line to face Liverpool having played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leeds last Wednesday.

This time last year, Christensen was being lauded by fans after coming on as a first half substitute for the injured Thiago Silva during the Champions League final against Manchester City.

He then played out of his skin as Chelsea secured their second European Cup victory with a narrow 1-0 win.

Though the manner of his departure this season will now likely leave a sour taste in the mouth for most Blues fans, which is a shame given that Christensen is one of few Chelsea academy success stories prior to Frank Lampard's reign as head coach.

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