Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi might have played his last game for Chelsea against Sheffield Wednesday after reportedly submitting a transfer request on Saturday to force a move to Bayern Munich.
The 18-year-old is reportedly keen on joining Bayern as he believes he would have more playing time in Germany compared to staying at Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea this season.
Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has urged Hudson-Odoi to join Bayern Munich as he would get more game time with the German club.
“If it was my son I would say go and play,” Gullit told BBC after Chelsea’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.
“You can only get better from playing, not sitting on the bench or staying with the U23s.”
Hudson-Odoi handed a shirt to a fan at full time as he raised his hands to applaud the three sides of the ground, with some fans already claiming that was his final farewell.
Despite reports claiming he has submitted a transfer request, Hudson-Odoi remained coy on his future following the win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Asked if it was his final Chelsea game, Hudson-Odoi told BBC: “I don’t know I can’t say but I’ll just keep working hard and see what happens.”
The 18-year-old winger also refused to say whether he had been in contact with Bayern.
Chelsea fans urged Hudson-Odoi to remain at Stamford Bridge throughout the game against Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed after the game that there is no more the club, or supporters, can do.
“We want him to stay as well, we were singing as well,” Zola said.
“We can do as much as we an do. He has a lot of strong players next to him but we’re till finding the space for him to play.
“I want to stress, if you look around the big clubs in Europe not many have 18 year olds that play as much as him.
“But these are just decisions that don’t belong to me. There’s certainly good understanding between the staff and the club. I can’t say more than that.”
Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain made his Chelsea debut in the win over Sheffield Wednesday and Zola admits he was satisfied with the performance of the striker.
“Considering it is the first game, you will see more from him. A couple of times in the first half he made a couple of great moves but we couldn’t find the right ball,” Zola said.
“I am personally satisfied with him, but he is going to get better because he needs to build up an understanding with the others.
“Sometimes in the first half he was making movements but we couldn’t see his movements and this is something we need to do.”