N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have both entered the final two years of their respective contracts, while Mason Mount is set to be rewarded after establishing himself as a mainstay of the club and the country.
Christensen strikes a long-term deal worth around £ 120,000 a week after relaunching his career at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
The Dane was one of the stars of the Champions League triumph last season and has been in exceptional form so far this quarter.
Tuchel has made it clear to Chelsea boss Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance director Petr Cech that the 25-year-old is a key part of his squad, despite doubts about his ability to join the club like last season. .
Attempts to tie up Rudiger have not gone so well with the Germany international reportedly holding around £ 200,000 a week. Tuchel admitted last week that talks with the 28-year-old have slowed down.
He is in a position to sign a pre-contract with foreign suitors from January, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid being the main contenders for his signing and Bayern Munich also monitoring the situation. This left Chelsea short of time to strike a deal with the center-back after allowing him to enter the final year of his contract.
“I hope they find solutions, but it’s not just between coaches and players, and what we want,” said Tuchel. “And that’s why it’s between the club and the player’s agent at the moment.
“He’s in the strongest league in Europe, at a big club, so not a lot of reason to change that. But in the end, it’s between him and the club, and it’s in good hands.
While Christensen and Rudiger are seen as immediate priorities, both becoming free agents next summer, Chelsea are also keen to put in place their long-term planning for players seen as central to the club’s hopes for success.
They want to avoid any uncertainty over Kante and Jorginho, who have deals until the summer of 2023. There is less urgency for England international Mount, but he is expected to join the top earners at Stamford Bridge after becoming l one of the stars of Europe. football since signing his last contract in 2019.
Chelsea have been planning negotiations with Kante and Jorginho since the end of last season, when they played in the club’s Champions League run. Both are considered Ballon d’Or contenders, with Jorginho already named UEFA player of the year and Kante Europe’s best midfielder.
Jorginho’s agent has spoken of a return to Italy after next year’s World Cup, but Chelsea plan to settle their position long before that and have no plans to repeat the Rudiger situation.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also out of contract at the end of the season, but said last week he was calm about getting an extra time.
He is another player who has seen his career revitalized by Tuchel and praised the German’s impact since his arrival in January.
“He and his staff showed and explained what he wanted from the team and individually,” he said. “It takes a lot of work and a great way to communicate.
“Since his arrival we have created this identity, we have never stopped improving and I’m sure we will have to improve in the future if we want to continue winning trophies.
“I see a talented team with the ambition to be the team that wants to move forward and that’s what we need to do.”