Chelsea center-back Christensen recalls journey from academy to main team
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Andreas Christensen was just 16 years old when he was invited to train with the senior squad.

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen opens up on his journey to the senior team and has spoken of first graduating from the club’s academy. The defender was just 16 years old when he was invited to train with the senior squad. He has excelled in Academy, and the Danish defender was then named on the bench for Chelsea’s final fixture of the epic 2012/13 campaign.

In October 2014, Andreas Christensen made his Chelsea debut. “It’s hard for a young player to come over the road from the Academy,” the Chelsea defender recalled

He added, “At the time, you are so nervous. You want to show what qualities you’ve got and make sure they can see a future for you. I just remember taking it all in, every session, not only from the manager but the players that were here. I came the season after we won the Champions League in 2012. All the players that were there had experienced different things, so I just tried to take everything in.

“I was quite lucky we had a few of us training a lot with the first team: Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker, Ruben, me. That made the transition a little bit easier. At the same time, you are young, so you don’t really think about the consequences too much when you’re that young. You know you won’t play a Premier League game straightaway, so you’re just enjoying training and taking it all in.”

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