Manchester United and England legend Rio Ferdinand has urged youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The 18-year-old has only been used sparingly by the Blues this season and played five times in the Premier League thus far. In spite of this, he is one of the brightest young talents in English football and has been touted to have a bright future ahead of him.
A number of Chelsea players have been selected for the England senior and Under-21 squads for the international fixtures over the next few weeks.
Maurizio Sarri says he does not need convincing about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s massive potential although he preached caution regarding putting too much pressure on the 18-year-old’s shoulders.
Former Manchester United and Bayern Munich star Owen Hargreaves has claimed that Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is a more talented player than Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea legend John Terry has urged current Blues manager Maurizio Sarri to give more game time to youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The duo are among England’s most highly-rated young prospects alongside Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Both Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi are on the fringes at Stamford Bridge and the club will have to give them assurances over playing time soon or they will likely lose them, especially as the players have plenty of admirers elsewhere.
Sarri now faces a problem especially considering that the Blues now face a difficult challenge to finish in the top four. Does he go with try and tested in order to ensure a top four finish or does he groom the young blood for the sake of the club’s future?
Loftus-Cheek has so far played 13 times in the League for the Blues this season and scored three goals. Hudson-Odoi meanwhile has only played four times in the League. The 18-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the January transfer window and is even reported to have handed in a transfer request in order to make such a move happen.
The German giants will likely make another move this summer knowing that the player’s contract is due to expire during the summer of 2020. This essentially means that if Hudson-Odoi does not agree to a new contract soon, Chelsea will have to sell him next summer or they will risk losing him for free at the end of next season.
Terry believes that the West London giants must give both the young players game-time. As reported by the Chelsea website, he said: ‘Chelsea can move forward. They’re a great side and individually they have brilliance in the team. That’s throughout the whole side.
‘We can talk about the two centre-halves being incredible. You look at the boys in front of them; Kante, Barkley, the three players up front. It’s a great team to build around. Go and build upon it.
‘We’ve got people like Hudson-Odoi and it’s important to keep him. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is he ready? Let’s find out. If we’re not going to win the league then let’s give him a chance in the league. Let’s blood the younger players and see what they’ve got.’
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has favourably compared Blues youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to France’s 2018 World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack reckons Callum Hudson-Odoi should ignore interest from Bayern Munich and stay at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry wants Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri to put more faith in Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the rest of the campaign.
Ethan Ampadu hopes to follow Callum Hudson-Odoi’s footsteps at Chelsea while also naming the four players who have helped his development at the club.
Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea will have to sell one of their wingers in the summer if Callum Hudson-Odoi is to feature more regularly for the senior side.
Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit insists Callum Hudson-Odoi must continue to seek an exit from Chelsea for the benefit of his career.
The management of Chelsea are reportedly not happy with the way in which manager Maurizio Sarri has handled the Callum Hudson-Odoi situation.
Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has urged youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave the club. The youngster has been strongly linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich. German clubs seem to have become fond of young English talent in recent times following the successes of Ademola Lookman and Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga.
Guillem Balague believes Callum Hudson-Odoi will refrain from signing a new Chelsea contract in order to force a move to Bayern Munich.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is Chelsea’s shining gem – one they’re not willing to let go of at any price.
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has encouraged his young team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea. The 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi is rumoured to be a top target of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Maurizio Sarri has hit out at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich over their very public pursuit of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, calling the club’s conduct unprofessional.
The highly-rated youngster has been the subject of interest from the Bavarians this January. Reports have stated three bids had already been rejected by the west London club, while a fourth, believed to be £35 million, is still being evaluated by the Blues.
Chelsea have so far failed to persuade the 18-year-old to sign a fresh five-year deal first offered last summer owing to a lack of first-team opportunities for the England youth international. With Hudson-Odoi understood to be determined to leave Stamford Bridge, a decision will likely be taken by the club board after Saturday’s match against Newcastle.
Bayern’s public pursuit of Hudson-Odoi angers Chelsea
In an interview with a German newspaper, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared the club’s massive intent on signing Hudson-Odoi. Salihamidzic stated the winger is someone they “really want to sign”. The public declaration of interest by Salihamidzic now has angered Chelsea. Head coach Sarri said the German champions acted without respect in their public pursuit of the London native.
“I think it’s not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea, so they didn’t respect our club, I think,” said the Chelsea boss to reporters.
“Then I don’t know what more to say, I don’t know the situation [with any potential transfer]. I am very happy with the player, because he’s improving a lot, I think, in the defensive phase.
“Now he must improve in movements without the ball, but he’s working very well at the moment. I’m very happy with the player and I’d like to have him in the future.”
Sarri again expresses disdain of transfer market
Sarri then went on to express his disinterest regarding the transfer market yet again. “It’s crazy to have a market of 30 days in this moment of the season, because we play every three days, so we need rest,” added Sarri.
“It’s crazy. I think the January market window would be better for one week or 10 days, no more.”
Former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino has warned the Blues that attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi could develop into the next Jadon Sancho if they allow him to leave this month.
Maurizio Sarri thinks Callum Hudson-Odoi should reject the advances of Bayern Munich because staying at Chelsea would be better for him.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed a breakthrough into the Chelsea first team this season and following his involvement, largely in the Europa League, Maurizio Sarri has been waxing lyrical about his potential.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has explained his reasons for substituting youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi during the Blues’ 2-1 victory against Watford on Wednesday.
Maurizio Sarri has expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his fledgling players in the 2-2 draw with VIDI in the Europa League on Thursday, most especially with Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has expressed his delight at a spectacular night for the Blues in their emphatic win against PAOK at the Europa League on Thursday.
Maurizio Sarri has stated that Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to improve a lot if he is to force his way into the Chelsea senior squad ahead of more experienced teammates.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been relishing the opportunity to play under Maurizio Sarri, even if the new Blues manager has revealed the talented youngster may not spend a lot of time on the pitch in the upcoming Premier League season.