Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that defender Andreas Christensen is set to return to parent club Chelsea next season.
Christensen, 20, has impressed during a two-year loan stint with the German club and was named their player of the year for 2015-16 ahead of Granit Xhaka.
Gladbach had hoped to sign him permanently at the end of the current campaign but appear to have conceded defeat on that front on the same day it was announced that star midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud would join Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea's search for defensive reinforcements has been well documented, with Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill playing the bulk of the games in Antonio Conte's three-man defence this season.
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