ZOLA EXPLAINS HUDSON-ODOI’S SNUB

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Chelsea blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi’s move to Bayern Munich last month after the German giants saw multiple bids rejected for the 18-year-old.

Hudson-Odoi was keen on a move to Munich and even handed a transfer request that was rejected by the club.

Hudson-Odoi is keen on a move to Bayern because of a lack of playing time, and reports claim the youngster is disappointed to have missed out on several games since the close of the January transfer window, after receiving promises he would be given plenty of chances at the club.

Hudson-Odoi has been given just 21 minutes of playing time since the close of the winter transfer window, and was given a run of six minutes in the Europa League game against Malmo.

Hudson-Odoi popularly known as CHO wasn’t named in the Chelsea team that lost 6-0 to Manchester City, and the Chelsea academy product have been disappointed for not starting against Malmo but was a late sub instead. However, Gianfranco Zola has insisted that Maurizio Sarri is trying to make him feel part of the team.

Zola who handled the press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Manchester United told the media: “He is always on the edge of the team, when there is an opportunity he plays.

“The manager is giving him reasons to feel involved and wanted. ‘There are not many 18 year olds that play as much, there might be one.

“We appreciate him as a player, Maurizio likes him, the whole coaching group likes him.

“He is surrounded by top players, he can still improve and do better.”

Hudson-Odoi was left out of the squad that lost to Manchester City last week, and the youngster will be weighing up his chances in the coming week as Chelsea play four difficult fixtures in the space of ten days.

Manchester United clash is followed by the Europa League home game against Malmo, then the League Cup final against Manchester City, and then the visit of Tottenham for a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on February 27th. CHO will be hoping for game time across this hectic fxture schedule.

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