Callum Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in a bid to force his exit away from the club just a day before starring for the Blues in our 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
German club Bayern Munich are the architect of Hudson-Odoi’s desire to leave the club. Bayern have enticed the 18-year-old to leave the club. The German champions have lodged four bids for the Chelsea academy product, but they have all been rejected by the Blues.
Hudson-Odoi has so far rejected every contract offer by the club, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger insists the club cannot afford to lose one of their brightest prospects.
“What I can say is clear: Chelsea have to make him stay,” he said.
“It will be a pity if this young talent leaves us. He decides his future, but Chelsea need to give him a new contract.”
Hudson-Odoi was asked if he had played his last game for Chelsea when the Blues defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.
“I don’t know, I can’t say,” Hudson-Odoi said.
“But you know I just keep working hard and you never know what happens.”
Hudson-Odoi’s contract expires in 2020, and Arsenal legend Martin keown has revealed it would be a shame if the English game was to lose him to Germany.
“What a shame it would be if we lost Callum Hudson-Odoi from the Premier League,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“The 18-year-old has never started a top-flight game but I have no doubt that the teenager could feature regularly for Chelsea in the near future.
“Trouble is, he does not want to wait for those chances.
“There is nothing wrong with him wanting to play, of course, but would Bayern use him in the Bundesliga?”