“And it’s up to Andreas to act like he acts on the pitch. He has to act now off the pitch and speak up because he tells us he loves Chelsea, he tells us he wants to stay and play an important role, because he is an important part of a great club, and i think he’s a perfect fit and i think he hasn’t finished here yet.
“His career here is far from over, [he] can still grow and be a big, big player. But, like I said, it’s on him, it’s on him. We want the commitment and I hope we will get it.
Christensen may wonder why he was dropped for not signing a new contract while Antonio Rudiger did not agree to an extension of his contract which also expires at the end of the season and has continued to start every game.
But Rudiger never made a deal and then moved the goalposts or delayed signing a contract, having rejected Chelsea’s first offer which was worth around £ 140,000 a week. In Tuchel’s eyes, the German has at least remained consistent.
The current situation means that Christensen and Rudiger could, in theory, make deals with foreign clubs in January, which would raise questions about their signing for the second half of the season.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are also out of contract at the end of the season, but their situations are different from those of Christensen and Rudiger as both men are over 30 years old.
Both Azpilicueta and Silva are expected to be offered one-year extensions, which they are likely to accept with minimal fuss, later in the season.
Already without Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, Tuchel also has doubts about the fitness of Jorginho, Reece James and Timo Werner ahead of the Watford game.