The actor has apparently told friends that the soap schedule is 'too demanding'.
A Street spokesman said:
"Chris has signed a new one year contract, which takes him to autumn 2014, and he is involved in some of the biggest storylines of the next 12 months. It is too early to comment beyond that."
We don't want to give too much away, but it is currently being rumoured that the news may link in with the well-publicised departure of Michelle Keegan in 2014. This as yet remains unclear.