German club Bayern Munich have tabled several bids for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi with the latest bid said to be around £35 million. Bayern are said to have offered the 18-year-old winger the number 10 jersey and Hudson-Odoi is reportedly considering leaving for Bayern.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to fight for his place at Chelsea and not quit.
Hudson-Odoi has started Chelsea’s last two games, including the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Spurs on Tuesday and Lampard has urged Hudson-Odoi to stay because Chelsea is a great and fantastic club.
Lampard, now in his first season of management with Championship promotion contenders Derby, played 649 games for Chelsea from 2001–2014 and is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals.
“I would like to think a young English player at 18, who has his nose in the first team and has incredible talent, will stay and will push himself into the team and be a big player for Chelsea and England,” Lampard said, according to Daily Mirror.
“Being close to Chelsea, I want him to stay there. It is a great club, a fantastic club.
“He needs to stay there and work hard to get chances to play in the team. He has done that recently and he has played, and done very well in the last couple of games. Hopefully we will see more of that. I think it is a great opportunity for him to do that.
“But in terms of what Chelsea think, what Callum thinks and what the interest is from other clubs, that is for them to sort out.”
Hudson-Odoi has just 18 months left on his Chelsea contract and he has stalled on signing a new contract due to concerns over playing time at Chelsea.
Chelsea’s reputation for not giving youngsters a chance in the first team is working against the club in our bid to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge. Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to wait for years before finally getting a real run in the first team this season while players Kasey Palmer, Jay Dasilva and Charly Musonda haven’t been given a chance in the first team despite excelling on loan away at Chelsea.
Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all left Chelsea as youngsters due to lack of game time and are now stars for Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.
Maurizio Sarri is ready to break that ugly tradition of not giving youth a chance at Chelsea after saying recently that Hudson-Odoi is ready to play more for Chelsea.
“I think so, he’s ready,” said Sarri. “Of course we have very important players in the same position, so do you want Willian or Pedro on the bench? I can play with only two wingers, three is difficult.
“But I think now he is ready. He can play but of course sometimes he will be on the bench, like Willian or Pedro, but now I can start to consider him at the same level.
“I know for me he is a very important player, he‘s young and now he’s improving, especially in the defensive phase. I think he played really well in the last match. He was in trouble in the game at Watford but only because he had a problem in his hamstring. I’m really very happy with him, I don’t know the situation with the club but for me he’s an important player.”