The future of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is unsure for now, with the Chelsea academy graduate coming close to the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
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.
Reports claim 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 reports, Chelsea are willing to offer Hudson-Odoi wages of up to £100k-a-week to convince him to remain at the club.
For Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, he said in his press conference that he expects Hudson-Odoi to remain at the club next season whether he signs a new contract or not.
The Chelsea boss was also asked about the racism our young attacker suffered in Montenegro, to which he said: “I don’t like to speak to him about this problem, because unfortunately I am not able to solve it. He is very young, of course, but his character is really very strong. I saw him very well yesterday, so I think he is strong enough.
“In every country there are some stupid people. It’s a big problem. We need to do something different. probably it’s right to stop the match for 10 minutes at the first situation. We need a rule for all of football. A rule that can permit us to stop the match.”
England boss Gareth Southgate who handed Hudson-Odoi his England debut 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.”
For Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, he has revealed that will start more games, but insisted that the youngster must continue to improve.
He told the media in his press conference: “We have to play eight matches in 28 days. I am sure Callum will start in two or three of those matches. Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, for me it is the same. I am really very confident in him.
“It’s not a problem for me to put him in the starting XI in a Premier League match. He is ready. But I can only play with two wingers, and we have Hazard, Willian and Pedro. In the near future probably he will start 75 or 80 per cent of matches.
“He is doing very well, but he needs to improve more. His potential is very high. I don’t want him to stop improving. He can become one of the best players in Europe, but he needs to improve more. The risk is to stop improving.
“In the last season Callum was only 17 and he played three or four matches. This season he is only 18 and at the moment he has played 19 or 20 matches. The evolution is the right evolution. Probably he will play 30 or 35 matches next season. With Callum we are on the right path.”