MANCHESTER UNITED JOIN RACE FOR CHELSEA’S CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI

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The number of clubs interested in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is rising. According to Daily Mail, Premier League rivals Manchester United are now interested in signing 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also interested in the youngster.

The 18-year-old became England’s youngest debutant in a competitive fixture after he was given his debut by Gareth Southgate in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday.

Hudson-Odoi’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and the teenager has stalled on signing a new contract.

Chelsea want Hudson-Odoi to stay and have offered the teenager a £85,000-a-week contract but his representatives have told the club that money isn’t the issue as Hudson-Odoi is more concerned about the amount of playing time he would receive at the club.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been reluctant to start the youngster in a Premier League game and only really started giving the youngster game time after he pushed to move to Bayern Munich in January. Despite impressing in preseason, Hudson-Odoi received just 274 minutes of competitive game time before Christmas.

Bayern Munich, who made several offers for the youngster in January, have promised to make Hudson-Odoi an integral part of their team and have offered him Arjen Robben’s No 10 shirt, with the Dutchman leaving in the summer.

With Eden Hazard likely to leave the club for Real Madrid in the summer and Chelsea unable to sign a replacement due to the transfer ban by FIFA, Hudson-Odoi might be set to remain at Chelsea next season and even sign a new contract.

England boss Gareth Southgate believes Chelsea’s transfer ban might afford Hudson-Odoi the opportunities he desires and that his development can progress.

Southgate said: “If you look at number of appearances, he has actually been on the field quite a lot and I know how much faith Maurizio has in him.

“He’s maturing well. His progress is good and, given that Chelsea could have a restriction on signing people, then his opportunities will come.”

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