Callum Hudson-Odoi has struggled for first-team opportunities at Chelsea, and the 18-year-old is keen on leaving the club.
Bayern Munich have shown strong interest in the Chelsea academy product, and the German champions have seen multiple bids rejected for the man nicknamed CHO.
In a bid to force his way out of the club, Hudson-Odoi has handed the club a transfer request, but the club is adamant that he isn’t for sale.
At the end of the season, Hudson-Odoi will have a year left on his contract and he has so far rejected to sign a new contract with the club.
No Chelsea academy product has made it into the Chelsea first team since John Terry, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek comes closest, but even he is on the periphery of the team. This doesn’t give the youngster any hopes, which is the more reason he’s keen to try his luck in Germany where Jadon Sancho is shining for Borussia Dortmund.
Hudson-Odoi finds himself behind Morata, Pedro and Eden Hazard, and was not even in the squad for Chelsea’s 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday, and Jamie Redknapp has suggested he should be given a chance into the team and possibly sell Willian.
“I am a big fan of Willian, but I get the feeling that Chelsea want to promote youth, which they have not done recently. They have a player in Hudson-Odoi who I think can go to the top,” he said on Sky Sports News.
“It would be a real statement to him if they sold Willian and said ‘we have a direct replacement, he’s 18, and he can have a run in the team and play now’.
“Hudson-Odoi probably feels there isn’t a pathway to the first team but if they sold Willian it would be a statement and would give him a chance.
“It is potentially a lot of money for Willian though and it’s hard to find players of that quality, especially if Eden Hazard was to leave in the summer.”
Sarri has revealed that he’s happy with Hudson-Odoi and believes he’s the future of English football.
He said: “He is improving on the pitch and he is the future of our club and the future of English football.”
Sarri also said: “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.”
On why the youngster didn’t make the bench for Bournemouth clash, the Chelsea boss said after the game: “He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian, so I had only one winger on the bench. We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”