Borussia Monchengladbach are interested in making a permanent deal for on-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen’s, according to ESPN FC.

Christensen joined the Bundesliga outfit last summer until 2017 on a two-year loan and has blossomed into one of the team’s key players since the arrival of new manager Andre Schubert.

The Danish international, who scored his first goal for the club last Friday, has not missed a minute of action for Monchengladbach since September and sporting director Max Eberl confirmed the club’s interest in the Chelsea youngster.

Eberl said:

Andreas fulfils everything we’ve seen in him. And we are delighted that we were able to take him on loan without any ifs and buts. Our intention is to try and get into talks with Chelsea in the summer.

It is clear that the Germans hold the 19-year-old in high regard and given Chelsea’s issues on the field, Die Fohlen clearly see this as an opportunity to secure a long-term deal for the defender.

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Christensen has said himself that he is open to staying at Gladbach beyond the end of his current temporary loan deal.

I am very happy. I will give it my best in the two years here, and see what the future has in store for me. It’s of no use to return [to Chelsea] if I don’t get any playing time there. A lot can happen.

However, his emergence may prompt Chelsea to take another look at Christensen, who has only featured once in the Premier League for the current champions but picked up both League Cup and Premier League winners medals last year due to his contributions.

Given the uncertainty of Chelsea’s managerial position, it is likely that Chelsea will allow their new manager to have time to analyse his squad before making any decisions.

Following John Terry’s contract situation and Kurt Zouma’s horrific injury, the Blues have major question marks over the future of the centre back position, which could leave Christensen with a chance to cement himself as part of Chelsea’s long-term plans.