Andreas Christensen confirms Chelsea exit as Burnley stars scout for new clubs

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Christensen in motion

Chelsea have confirmed that defender Andreas Christensen will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. The Danish international is set to join La Liga giants Barcelona after 10 years at Stamford Bridge.

He had not played for the Blues since withdrawing from selection on the morning of the FA Cup final against Liverpool. Defender Jake Clarke-Salter and midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Charly Musonda will also leave the Premier League club this summer, while Antonio Rudiger’s free transfer to Real Madrid has already been announced.

Christensen joined Chelsea academy from Danish club Brondby in 2012 and was loaned out to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga between 2015 and 2017. The 26-year-old scored twice in 161 appearances for the Blues, winning the League champions, the Europa League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Chelsea Football Club thanks Andreas for his contribution to our success over the past decade and wishes him well in his future career,” read a statement on the Blues’ website.

Former England international Drinkwater arrived in west London from Leicester in 2017 for a fee of around £35million. The 32-year-old managed just 23 outings for the Blues during an unsuccessful spell and has been loaned out to Burnley, Aston Villa, Turkish club Kasimpasa and Reading. Belgium’s Musonda, 25, has been limited to just seven first-team appearances for Chelsea, scoring once, while former England Under-21 international Clarke-Salter has featured twice during a partnership 16 years with the club.

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Burnley release big names

Burnley trio Ben Mee, Aaron Lennon and James Tarkowski are among the 14 players who will leave the club this summer. Centre-back Tarkowski is set to join Everton after the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League, while fellow defender Mee and winger Lennon are included in a long list of departures.

Burnley said on their official website when announcing their shortlist: “Ben Mee, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, Dale Stephens and Erik Pieters are among a total of 14 professionals to leave the club at the conclusion of their contracts at Turf Moor at the end of this month.”

The club added: “James Tarkowski expressed his desire earlier in the season to seek an opportunity elsewhere when his contract expires, and he will also leave after over 200 appearances for the club.” Mee made over 350 appearances during a 10-year spell with the Clarets after joining Manchester City in 2012.

Lennon, who joined the club last summer after a two-year stint in Turkey with Kayserispor, appeared a total of 87 times in all competitions during his two spells at Turf Moor. Burnley say “discussions are still ongoing” with Matej Vydra and Jack Cork and that Ashley Barnes’ contract option has been activated to keep him at the club for another year.

Reporting in the chaos of the Champions League

A French government report into the problems at the Champions League final last month highlighted “multiple failures” in crowd management in Paris. After initially blaming ticketless Liverpool fans for the chaotic and disturbing scenes that saw supporters gathered and gassed outside the Stade de France ahead of their clash with Real Madrid, police chief Didier Lallement admitted more earlier this week that the operation had been a failure.

He also admitted he had no proof of previous claims that up to 40,000 Liverpool fans without tickets or with fake tickets had descended on the stadium. The 30-page government report, published on Friday, came to different conclusions, focusing instead on systemic failures and “the presence of malicious individuals” near the stadium.

A large number of Liverpool fans have reported being attacked and having property stolen off the ground.

According to the report: “The malfunction results, despite careful preparation, from multiple failures in the guidance and management of the crowd, in the insufficient communications between the RATP (transport operator) and the PC (public order body ), in the lack of suitable routes to the field, in the lack of coordination and the failure of dialogue between all parties when it came to recognizing the warning signs of the presence of malicious individuals who gathered in large numbers near the stadium to commit criminal acts.”

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