SARRI EXPLAINS WHY HUDSON-ODOI SHOULD REJECT BAYERN MUNICH AND STAY AT CHELSEA

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Callum Hudson-Odoi would be making the wrong decision if he chooses to leave Chelsea and move to Germany.

Bayern Munich have made three offers for the 18-year-old during the January transfer window, the latest of which is in excess of £30 million but Chelsea have rejected all three bids from Bayern Munich as the Blues want the young winger to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Hudson-Odoi has just 18 months left on his Chelsea contract and is understood to be keen on a move to Bayern Munich due to concerns over playing time at Chelsea.

Chelsea have offered the 18-year-old a new contract but he is waiting to see the amount of game time he will receive at the club before signing a new contract.

When asked if it’s a good idea for Hudson-Odoi to move to the Bundesliga, Sarri said: “I don’t think so because he is an English player.

“He is very young, he has the future and I think that he has a very great future here in England with the national team and with chelsea. To stay here is better for him.”

However, Sarri admitted he had not spoken to Hudson-Odoi in person about staying at Chelsea, explaining: “I am not in charge of these questions and I do not want to speak to a player about something that doesn’t depend on me.

“I want to speak to him only about the pitch, about movements, the defensive phase and I am really very happy because he is improving that in a very important way in the last month.”

Hudson-Odoi produced an impressive display in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday, providing the assists for both of Alvaro Morata’s goals.

Hudson-Odoi’s lack of first-team opportunities is believed to be one of the reasons behind his reluctance to commit his future to Chelsea, but Sarri suggested he is willing to hand more chances to the winger.

Ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg tie against Tottenham on Tuesday, Sarri indicated he would have no concerns about giving the youngster another opportunity against strong opposition.

“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.”

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