• Chelsea may not scout for new defenders in the January transfer window
  • The Blues have decided to extend the contracts of Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva
  • Tuchel had earlier addressed Christensen's situation

A pair of Thomas Tuchel’s key players may have already decided on their future with Chelsea.

The January transfer window is coming and a wide array of English Premier League clubs are expected to bring in additional talent from outside England.

However, it appears that Chelsea will not be one of those, at least when it comes to the center-back position.

As it stands, the Blues are “close to agreeing to terms to new contracts” with “key defenders” Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva, per famed journalist Gianluca Di Marzio’s official website.

The report said that Christensen and Silva are the “two players Tuchel considers important for his project” and the club has decided to prolong their stay at Stamford Bridge.

Christensen has been linked to a number of clubs but the report noted that “there are just details to be worked out” before the 25-year-old finally signs “a new four-year deal with a potential option for a fifth season” with Chelsea.

Andreas Christensen of Chelsea
Andreas Christensen of Chelsea Getty Images | James Williamson - AMA

Prior to the report, the Danish center-back was a subject of controversy after speculations that his playing time has been limiting his chances of being handed a contract extension.

However, Blues boss Tuchel quickly refuted it and insisted that it has not been the case for Christensen.

In fact, he was even informed that some “good news” about the player’s situation is about to be revealed in a “very short period of time.”

“No, it’s the opposite. We have to hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit,” Tuchel said of Christensen earlier this month. “My understanding was that it is a matter of a very short period that we have good news.”

“I said this in the national break, that for me it is a matter of days that we think that we can have good news about Andreas,” he continued. “As I understand it, the club wants the same, and so do the coach and player. That is to stay, and that’s why we need the commitment and then we can continue.”

Silva, on the other hand, has become an exceptional leader in the club’s youthful defensive setup since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020.

The Gianluca Di Marzio report said that Silva is now “close to signing a one-year extension” with Chelsea and his good “relationship with Tuchel was instrumental” in the progression of a new agreement.

Chelsea's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva
Chelsea's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva POOL / Adam Davy