SARRI: HUDSON-ODOI IS THE FUTURE OF CHELSEA AND WON’T LEAVE THE CLUB

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Chelsea academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi submitted a transfer request over the weekend as he tried to force a move to Bayern Munich before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

The 18-year-old winger is concerned over the amount of first team football he would get at Chelsea and believes moving to Bayern Munich would be good for his development as he seeks regular playing time.

Chelsea rejected his transfer request on Monday after a meeting with his representatives and reports claim he could leave in the summer for Bayern Munich.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hailed Hudson-Odoi as the future of Chelsea football club and does not think the club will sell to Bayern Munich in the summer either.

“I have not the power to sign new contracts here,” Sarri said. “On the pitch I am really very happy with him. I know the club told me that, in this window, he will remain with us for sure.

“Very probably also in the next, so we are really very happy with this. He is improving on the pitch and he is the future of our club and the future of English football.

“I am not frustrated. On the pitch, he’s doing very well: very well in training, very well in matches. So I’m really very happy with him.

“I’m not happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well that every big team here in England has the same problem. It’s not easy to keep these young players.

“He is, of course, one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult. But, as I said before, the club told me he is off the market, for sure. And, probably, he will be off the market in July, too.

“I don’t know (if he’ll be happy with that), but I can say what I see on the pitch. On the pitch at the moment, he’s fantastic.”

While Hudson-Odoi is set to remain at Chelsea, Danny Drinkwater has been linked with a loan move to Bournemouth.

Drinkwater is yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea this season and Sarri insists the midfielder isn’t suited for his style of football.

“He is at the moment with us,” Sarri said. “I think he is more suitable for playing with two midfielders. He is not a central midfielder, he is not a centre-right in the midfield with three players. But he’s a very good player in a 4-4-2.”

Asked if he could see Drinkwater playing for Chelsea, Sarri replied: “Not at the moment, but I want to wait until the end of the market. Then I’ll try with every player.”

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