Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola insists Chelsea have done all they can to convince Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge amid rumours the 18-year-old has submitted a transfer request to force a move to Bayern Munich.
The winger scored in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Chelsea fans chanted at him to stay throughout the game against Sheffield Wednesday and Zola insists there is no more the club, or supporters, can do.
“We want him to stay as well, we were singing for him to stay. I don’t know, we want him to stay,” Zola said.
“He has a contract, we are training. We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18 year old players around Europe that are are playing as much as him in a big team.
“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams they don’t have many 18 players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens.”
Asked if it is too late to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge, Zola added: “We can do as much as we can do.
“From our point of view he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play.
“I want to stress if you look at the big clubs in Europe there aren’t many 18 year olds playing not as much he plays. It means we have trust. And so we are showing this.”
Asked if he can guarantee Hudson-Odoi will remain at Chelsea, Zola added: “No, look I am not the club, I work for the club.
“I can do as much as I can, but then this are decisions that don’t belong for me.
“There is certainly a good understanding between the management and the club, but at the end of the day I cannot say more than that.”
Reports before the game also claimed Hudson-Odoi told friends he didn’t want to play against Sheffield Wednesday after submitting a transfer request.
Asked if Hudson-Odoi wanted to play, Zola added: “Did he look like he didn’t want to play? I think if we played him that also yesterday in training his attitude was excellent, he really played well. Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal in training.
“He didn’t show any sign (that he didn’t want to play) so that is why he played.”