Antonio Conte picks the Chelsea star who has been the 'best surprise' this season
Andreas Christensen. (Getty Images)

Antonio Conte has hailed Andreas Christensen as Chelsea‘s ‘best surprise’ of the season.

The 21-year-old returned from his two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer and has now cemented his place as a regular at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.

And Conte admits the Dane’s performances have meant that he will continue to get a run of games.

‘His performance was amazing,’ said Conte.

‘Every time I decided to give him the opportunity to play, he played with an amazing performance.

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‘These performances convinced me that Christensen has to play with regularity.

‘Christensen is maybe the best surprise from the start of this season, despite his young age. I think that, for us, he’s been the best surprise – for me, the club, his teammates, the fans.

Antonio Conte picks the Chelsea star who has been the 'best surprise' this season
Christensen (Reuters)

‘It’s not simple to see this composure, this calmness in a young player. Don’t forget, he played big games with great calm and great focus and concentration.

‘We must be happy because, I think, Chelsea found a player who can have the same career as some of the best defenders here.

‘I hope that Christensen helps me to make sure that happens. He’s a serious person, always committed in training sessions.

‘He doesn’t speak a lot. He prefers [actions] to words. I can predict for him a fantastic career.’

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