Andreas Christensen admits he is not happy with a lack of minutes at Chelsea, with an unfortunate situation forcing him to consider a move elsewhere.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge in 2017-18 as he figured 40 times under Antonio Conte.
A change in the dugout has dropped him down the pecking order, though, with Maurizio Sarri favouring David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-half options.
Christensen has been restricted to six outings as a result, and is still waiting on his first Premier League action of the current campaign.
That standing has sparked talk of a possible transfer during the January window, with the Denmark international conceding he has some serious thinking to do.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s different from last season – I played a lot of games and this season it hasn’t been like that.
“It’s always difficult for a player but we’ll see what happens.”
Quizzed on whether he will push for a switch over the winter, Christensen added: “It’s a difficult question. I think if you asked every player that’s not playing if they are happy, they are going to say ‘no’.
“Everyone wants to play. I can’t do anything else but go back there, train and do my best.
“Every time I get an opportunity, I have to do well and perform well and show him [Sarri] that he can count on me.
“You don’t want to sit around and wait for it, you want to play. Not playing isn’t fun and it’s a different situation from last season.”
While frustrated at present, Christensen did commit to a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea in January.
With that agreement set to take him through to 2022, he has suggested he is willing to be patient in his pursuit of first-team football.
Pressed again on whether he will leave west London in early 2019, Christensen said: “I don’t think so.”