FORMER CHELSEA MANAGER TELLS HUDSON-ODOI TO PUSH FOR EXIT AS SARRI WON’T PLAY HIM

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi pushed to leave Chelsea during the January transfer window, but the Blues blocked his transfer away from the club.

The 18-year-old handed the club a transfer request as Bayern Munich sought to sign him up in January, and the German champions saw several bids rejected for the Chelsea academy product, with Bayern submitting a bid of £35m for Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season, and the youngster is refusing to sign a new contract.

The highly rated teenager is keen on more game time, but Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has repeatedly kept him on the bench despite the fact that he’s impressed in the few games he has played.

Since the close of the January transfer window, Hudson-Odoi has not played up to 25 minutes for Chelsea, and former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit has urged the youngster to follow the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and push for a transfer at the end of the season.

“It’s the best thing to do for a lot of English youngsters. Go abroad, go and play, go wherever because the top six in England have no time for youngsters, they need instant success,” he told beIN Sports.

“Holland, Germany, France, wherever, because you play, you play at a different level and because you play a different football.

“Sancho, fantastic. He would never get a chance in England. And now all of a sudden they say ‘oh we want this player, we want him back’. How much is he worth now?

“There is a lot of players in Holland who will say to ‘don’t go to the Premier League’ because you don’t play anyway, and then you get a loan somewhere.

“It has been done by a professor, they found out that all the youngsters that play from 18 to 19 constantly playing first-team football, they’re going to make it later on. The ones who play in the second team, on the bench, they will not make it.

“Hudson-Odoi, it’s a big thing for him, I would say to him to go. You have all these players, Willian in front of you, Pedro in front of you, what are you going to do? You’re not going to play.”

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