LIVERPOOL LEGEND URGE HUDSON-ODOI NOT TO SIGN NEW CHELSEA CONTRACT

Enter your e-mail address to receive the latest news about Chelsea FC:

Powered by FeedPress

Photo: Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s contract with Chelsea runs out in the summer of 2020 and the 18-year-old has been attracting interest from clubs across Europe.

Hudson-Odoi started a Premier League game for the first time against Brighton last week and followed it up with another start in the clash with West Ham on Monday.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had been reluctant to start the youngster in the Premier League and only gave the youngster a Premier League start after his England debut in the recent international break.

Bayern Munich made several attempts to sign Hudson-Odoi in January and it is believed they will try again this summer. Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with the youngster.

Hudson-Odoi has stalled on signing a new Chelsea contract due to concerns over the amount of game time he would receive at the club with Chelsea having a poor reputation of giving chances to players from the academy.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged Hudson-Odoi not to sign a new Chelsea contract.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “If I was Hudson-Odoi, I wouldn’t sign. He’s in a strong position. I wouldn’t sign to get more money or cause drama. He wants to play and I love the courage he’s show.

“Youngsters sign big long contracts and you wonder, where the career is going but he’s willing to say, ‘I want to go’.

“I would use the last year of my contract as leverage. He wants to play and he wants to show Chelsea what he can do. I’ve got great respect with what this lad is doing.

“He should play as much next season and if they show him faith, he stays at his boyhood club.”

Gary Neville added: “If Bryan Robson said to you ‘sign your contract’, then as a young boy you would. That was just the way it was all them years ago.

“He needs to build games in the bank. Having a distraction like a contract over the years you’re learning, does he want fans thinking he’s a money-grabber as well?

“Chelsea need to give him the stability he needs but let’s say Chelsea play him in only 10 games and he’s allowed to leave let’s say for X million, then he should be entitled to go. He’s got character and personality to stand up to his club.”

About the Author

OTONY
I eat, sleep and live Chelsea.