Revealed: How Andreas Christensen pulled out hours before Liverpool clash to confirm Maurizio Sarri’s observation

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen rpoertedly pulled himself out of contention for Saturday’s agonising FA Cup final defeat against Liverpool just hours before kick-off.

The Denmark international – who will join Barcelona at the end of the season – was not injured but told head coach Thomas Tuchel on the morning of the game he did not want to be considered for the Wembley showdown because he did not feel ready to play.

It is likely that Christensen would have started the game ahead of Trevoh Chalobah if he was available for selection and his decision to withdraw from the squad to face Jurgen Klopp’s side arrived as a major blow to Chelsea’s plans.

His unexpected withdrawal and departure, according to the Daily Mail, from the team hotel on Saturday morning is understood to have left his team-mates perplexed and shocked.

The report adds that Christensen have indicated that the defender felt unwell in the days prior to the final, something that the Blues star relayed to his head coach before deciding on the morning of the game that he wasn’t physically ready to play.

Similarly, former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said of the Dane in 2019: ‘You know very well that Christensen on matchdays always has stomach ache.

“I don’t know the reason but he is always very nervous. I don’t know what to say.”

Christensen has agreed a five year deal to join Barcelona on a free transfer ahead of next season after rejecting Chelsea’s attempts to renegotiate an extension.

England football legend identifies Chelsea star who “would have been a huge threat” to Liverpool

Alan Shearer believes Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel went wrong by not playing Timo Werner against Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

“With Chelsea, Havertz is injured. But I’m surprised Werner’s not playing, because of his pace, because of the high line we know Liverpool play,” Shearer said.

“I know he gets offside a lot but it would have been a huge threat for him to be running behind.”

Bayern Munich confirm Robert Lewandowski’s desire to leave, reject striker’s wish

Robert Lewandowski will not be sold this summer, according to Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic after the striker confirmed his desire to find a new club.

Chelsea, Barcelona and a host of other top clubs have been strongly linked with the Polish forward, who won the Bundesliga top scorer award for the fifth year in a row on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is under contract until June 2023 but has announced that he “will not” be signing a renewal.

“I told the club that if an offer comes in, then we have to think about it – also for the club,” he told Viaplay.

“We have to find the best solution for both sides.”

Nevertheless, Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic is adamant that Lewandowski will be going nowhere this summer.

He stated: “Our position has not changed. The fact is: he has a contract to 30 June, 2023.”

Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann will not ultimately be the one who decides whether the striker is sold or not, and he looked towards a future without Lewandowski when responding to the news.

“It’s not nice when you lose a good player,” he said. “There’s little room for grief. You have to try to make the best of the situation.”

Antonio Rudiger explains why he’s leaving Chelsea, reacts to FA Cup loss to Liverpool

Antonio Rudiger has dismissed the theory that Government sanctions are behind his decision to quit Chelsea.

The German defender is leaving for Real Madrid on a free transfer once the Premier League season finishes on Sunday week.

Strict rules imposed due to owner Roman Abramovich’s links to Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin have banned Chelsea from negotiating new contracts with existing players but Rudiger insists it was other issues which stopped him staying.

But Rudiger, who suffered FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, said: “There was a chance but sanctions are not the problem. I don’t want to go too deep in things.

“At the end of the day it’s not only about one side (helping the other), it’s both sides – Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.

“As always, I am very, very thankful me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me.”

“It’s been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things.

“That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending.”

Rudiger will earn £400K a week in Madrid – eclipsing what Chelsea were prepared to pay.

He has still won every major trophy bar the EFL Cup in half a decade at Chelsea but is heartbroken at losing three FA Cup finals in a row.

He said: “It’s always difficult to say whether we are lucky or unlucky.

“For myself it’s the third time, so you can’t always say unlucky, unlucky, unlucky.”

“We had chances, they had chances. But at the end of the day we know that penalties are always a lottery. We lost.

“At the end of the day it’s about winning. It’s about today, it’s not about next season.

“The game was about today and it was there to take and, yeah, unfortunately we didn’t.”