Chelsea news: Thomas Tuchel lifts lid on Andreas Christensen situation amid Barcelona interest

Thomas Tuchel has said he is not sure whether defender and reported Barcelona target Andreas Christensen has already played his last game for Chelsea.

Denmark international Christensen withdrew himself from the Blues' squad for the FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley last Saturday for reasons not specified.

Tuchel revealed on Wednesday it was not the first time the 26-year-old said he had felt unable to play and revealed he may not be involved against Leicester City on Thursday and Watford on Sunday.

Christensen is expected to join La Liga giants Barcelona on a free transfer this summer after a decade at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel gave no guarantee he will be seen in a Chelsea shirt again.

"I'm not sure yet if he's involved tomorrow and on the weekend," the German told reporters.

"Andreas came in the morning of the match to speak to me and tell me that he's not ready to play the match, not to start or be on the bench.

"He had his reasons, they stay private and confidential. But it was not the first time as you can see over the last weeks that we had some of the same situations."

Christensen has made 17 starts in the Premier League this season - his last was in Chelsea's impressive 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Leeds - and Tuchel sounded a note of frustration about how his situation had panned out.

"We had to accept it and we will accept it," said Tuchel.

"I try the best I can not to take things personally, and I still believe Andreas wanted to play these matches, I still believe he could in terms of potential and ability.

"And he struggled over the last weeks, as you can see, when he was not in the squad or not playing although he was physically available.

"It was not completely out of the blue sky. We thought we had prepared him the best way possible with a very impressive game at Leeds. He is a key player."

Chelsea can guarantee a third-place finish by beating Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, but Timo Werner, Mateo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi will all miss out, while Kai Havertz faces a late fitness test on his hamstring problem.

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