SARRI REVEALS WHY HUDSON-ODOI IS A LUCKY MAN

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Borrusia Dortmund have been rumoured to be interested in Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, and now Bayern Munich are reportedly the ones banging on Chelsea’s door for the buzzing teenager.

According to a report by Sky Sports, Chelsea have rejected a bid of £20 million bid from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi. The report claims Chelsea told Bayern Munich that the 18-year-old winger is valued at around £40 million.

The youngster’s contract winds up in the summer of 2020, and he is yet to sign a new contract, and has made it clear that he wants to play more games.

Hudson-Odoi has only started once in the Community Shield and twice in the Europa League but is yet to start a Premier League game under Maurizio Sarri. His only appearance in the Premier League this season was as a first half substitute for Pedro against Watford on Boxing Day.

However, Sarri has told Hudson-Odoi that he’s lucky to be playing this many games for an 18-year-old in a big club like Chelsea.

“I think that Hudson-Odoi is a very good player,” assessed Sarri. “The potential is for him becoming a great player and now he has to improve. With the ball he is a very good player, he has to improve with 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.”

“It is not easy at this level to take the young players from the Academy but not only here, everywhere in Europe. Sometimes there is one or two young players in Barcelona from their academy, sometimes one or two in Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris St-Germain. It is not easy!

“I think we are lucky because we have Ampadu, we have Christensen, we have Hudson-Odoi, so we have players from the Academy. The Academy is really very good.

“In Europe there are few players 18 years old with eight appearances at this level [this season] and Hudson-Odoi has in this season played in six or seven matches.”

German journalist Raphael Honigstein has revealed that Hudson-Odoi has a cult following in the Bundesliga and the interest from Bayern Munich is real.

“It’s not a sudden interest,” Honigstein told Sky Sports. “He’s had a cult following among Bundesliga supremos for quite a while. There’s been a lot of clubs interested in him, and he’s made so much progress.

“His stock has risen to the point where he’s gone from Borussia Monchengladbach to Dortmund, to right at the top now where Bayern are interested in him.”

Honigstein also admitted it’s worrying that Chelsea don’t rate Hudson-Odoi as they should.

He said: “It reflects a little bit worryingly for [Maurizio] Sarri and for Chelsea that they don’t rate him as highly as some of the other clubs showing interest do, but he is seen as a really hot commodity.

“German clubs see the 17 to 19-year-olds who cannot get into the first team at big clubs in England, and they feel these are guys who are ready to play in any team anywhere.

“How the Premier League works – the reluctance of many managers to play these youngsters and the reluctance of clubs to give one of their rivals one of these players – has led to a growth in Bundesliga interest.”

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