Chelsea aren’t prepared to let 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi leave the club without a fight and will hold more talks over a contract extension before the end of the season, according to Standard Sport.
Hudson-Odoi’s current deal has about one year to run and he is being tracked by several clubs around Europe including Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Bayern Munich made a move for the youngster in January but Chelsea rejected a £35million bid from the German club despite Hudson-Odoi submitting a transfer request.
Following Bayern’s attempt to sign Hudson-Odoi is January, Chelsea offered the teenager £85,000 a week contract but he has stalled on signing the contract.
Hudson-Odoi’s value has increased after he made his debut for England in the 5-0 win over Czech Republic and earned a start in the 5-1 win over Montenegro on Monday. He has also scored four goals in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign.
According to Standard Sport, Chelsea will consider giving Hudson-Odoi a new contract worth £100,000 a week to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
It is believed game time and not money will play a big part in Hudson-Odoi’s decision to remain at Chelsea. The youngster is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has played Hudson-Odoi 19 times this season but only six of those appearances were in the Premier League and they were all as a substitute.
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has compared Eden Hazard to club legend Gianfranco Zola and believes Hazard is a Chelsea legend whether he stays at Chelsea or leaves for Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Drogba told Goal: “He is a legend (regardless of what happens), look at what he achieved in six years at the club. He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, won Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please!
“He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest I can bring to him if I compare, if I may, is [Gianfranco] Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one-versus-one. That’s him.”