BAYERN MUNICH SUBMIT THIRD BID FOR CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI

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Bayern Munich have submitted an improved third bid of £30 million for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Goal.

Chelsea have already rejected bids of £13.5 million and £20 million for the 18-year-old and the Blues are expected to turn down Bayern Munich’s latest bid for the youngster.

Hudson-Odoi’s contract expires in 2020 but the 18-year-old has been reluctant to sign a new Chelsea contract as he wants more playing time before committing his future.

Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to give the youngster more game time is definitely making it difficult for Chelsea to convince the youngster that his future lies at Stamford Bridge.

Hudson-Odoi is reportedly interested in a move to Bayern Munich as he has been reportedly promised by the German club that he would replace ageing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

The England U21 international has made only six appearances for Chelsea this season but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists the youngster has a bright future at Stamford Bridge.

According to Standard Sport, Chelsea might consider letting Hudson-Odoi leave on loan this month so he can have a chance to play more only if he signs a new Chelsea contract.

Juventus, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the youngster but Bayern Munich lead the race for the 18-year-old.

Sarri recently admitted that Hudson-Odoi has the potential to become a great player but insists it’s not easy to give the youngster more playing time at Chelsea.

“I think that he is a very good player, the potential is there to become a great player, but now he has to improve,” Sarri said. “With the ball, he is a very good player. He has to improve his movement without the ball.

“As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football but for European football.

“I think [that he could play more] but it’s not easy. It’s not easy at this level to take the young players from the academy and he’s ready to play – not only here but everywhere in Europe.

“Sometimes there is one, two young players in Barcelona, from the academy, sometimes one, two Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain.

“It’s not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, we have [Andreas] Christensen, we have Odoi, so we are lucky. For players in the academy, we are really very lucky, or the academy is very good.

“In Europe there are few players with eight matches at this level [at 18 years old]. Odoi I think in this season played six, seven official matches in Europe, so I think that he has to be lucky. He is not lucky. He is good.”

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