GOOD NEWS: HUDSON-ODOI BACK IN TRAINING

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Maurizio Sarri has complained about his lack of options in attack especially on the wings with Pedro suffering from a hamstring problem and Willian limping off during the 0-0 draw against Southampton on Wednesday.

Chelsea youngster Hudson-Odoi also suffered a hamstring injury in the game against Watford last month, leaving the Chelsea manager short of options on the flanks, and he has had to shun playing Eden Hazard as a false nine, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek only recovered from injury and Olivier Giroud got injured against Crystal Palace.

Hudson-Odoi has taken to social media to reveal that he is back in training and could be in contention for the Nottingham Forest FA Cup third round clash on Saturday.

Hudson-Odoi’s future is under contention as Bayern Munich are strongly interested in signing the Chelsea youngster. He currently has 18 months left on his contract with Chelsea and isn’t keen on signing a new deal until he’s sure of regular football at Stamford Bridge.

Bayern on the other hand are looking to refresh their ageing squad with young talents and see Hudson-Odoi as a long-term replacement for ageing stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who are 34 and 34 respectively.

Chelsea have already rejected bids of £13.5 million and £20 million for Hudson-Odoi this season, and now reports claim Bayern Munich have submitted an improved third bid of £30 million for the Chelsea youngster.

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.

Sarri recently admitted that Hudson-Odoi has the potential to become a great player but insists it’s not easy to give youngsters playing time at top clubs in Europe.

“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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