Chelsea academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi submitted a transfer request at the weekend to push for a move to German club Bayern Munich, who have publicly talked about their interest in the youngster.
Reports on Monday suggested Chelsea have rejected Hudson-Odoi’s request and have no intention of selling the 18-year-old winger prior to Thursday’s closure of the transfer window. The Blues are reportedly willing to match Bayern Munich’s financial offer for the youngster.
Chelsea star Willian has urged Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea amid interest from Bayern Munich. According to Willian, Hudson-Odoi can become one of the best players in the world if he remains at Chelsea.
“Of course we want him to stay. We don’t want him to leave,” Willian said.
“He can become one of the best players for Chelsea, one of the best players in the world, in the future. He has to stay. He’s only 18, but he can improve a lot to become one of the best players.”
Hudson-Odoi scored his second goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday and it was his sixth start of the season for the Blues.
Chelsea fans also sang “we want you to stay” during the FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger admits it would be a pity if the 18-year-old leaves and has urged Chelsea to do whatever the club can to keep the youngster at Stamford Bridge.
“What I can say is clear, Chelsea have to make him stay. It will be a pity if this young talent leaves us,” Rudiger said.
“Chelsea need to give him a new contract.”
Willian added: “We tell him all the time to stay here. We know how important he is for this club and for us and we just want him to stay.”
Hudson-Odoi’s six starts for Chelsea this season has come in cup competitions and the Europa League. He has five substitute appearances for the Blues with three of those coming in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi has agreed to stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season according to Daily Mail after meetings between his representatives and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
The report claims the 18-year-old could still leave for Germany at the end of the season as he believes Bayern Munich will offer him more opportunities after seeing how Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri views his development and how other prospects at Chelsea have been hampered in the past.