Chelsea young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi made his England debut in a 5-0 win against Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday and in doing so, he became the youngest England debutant in a competitive game.
Hudson-Odoi has just over one year left on his Chelsea contract and the 18-year-old has stalled on signing a new contract despite Chelsea’s offer of £85,000 per week.
The 18-year-old handed in a transfer request in January in a bid to force through a move to Bayern Munich but Chelsea turned down four bids from the German champions.
Since Bayern Munich’s bid for Hudson-Odoi in January, interest in the youngster has soared with Liverpool, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund now interested in the 18-year-old.
England boss Gareth Southgate has urged Hudson-Odoi to remain patient at Chelsea amid reports linking several clubs with the 18-year-old.
“If you look at number of appearances, he has actually been on the field quite a lot,” said Southgate.
“And I know from when we were talking with the club earlier in the season how much faith Maurizio has in him. He has got some outstanding players just in front of him but he’s slowly getting more and more game time.
“So, I think he’s maturing well. There doesn’t need to be a rush for him. We’ve seen that with Marcus Rashford and his development.
“He’s getting first-team football and that’s important. For us, I think his progress is good.”
Southgate also believes the transfer ban on Chelsea could be beneficial for Hudson-Odoi.
“He’s maturing well. His progress is good and, given that Chelsea could have a restriction on signing people, then his opportunities will come,” Southgate added.