Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe revealed after Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night that Bournemouth won’t sell forward Callum Wilson in January amid reports linking him to Chelsea.
Before the meeting between both sides at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Wilson, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season.
“I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” Zola said.
“Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”
Chelsea defender David Luiz also talked up Wilson’s qualities by saying the striker can play for the best teams in the world.
“I think he is amazing, a great player,” Luiz said of Callum Wilson. “I love the way Bournemouth play, the way their coach approaches the games, the style of the players there. I always joke with Willian that they have many twins there because they have so many players who are similar with quality and speed.
“He is doing really well. He is a top No.9 with power and great movement. He is scoring a lot of goals, he did well in his first game for England. If he continues in this way, he is a player to play in the best teams in the world.”
Wilson played against Chelsea on Wednesday night with Bournemouth boss Howe insisting afterwards he will not consider any approach for the 26-year-old.
“I haven’t seen the comments,” Howe said. “First I’ve heard about it.
“Callum’s our player, very focused on us. You could see that tonight, gave everything for the team.”
When asked if there is any possibility of Wilson leaving in January, Howe replied: “Not from my perspective, no.”