West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay put at Stamford Bridge for now amid interest from Bayern Munich.
Chelsea rejected four bids in January from the Germans for Hudson-Odoi but would have to convince the 18-year-old that he would play more at Stamford Bridge if he is to sign a new contract with his current deal expiring in 2020.
“Good players will have good performances in any team, of course,” Pellegrini said. “But maybe it’s not so good being so, so young to go to big teams because it’s not easy for those teams to give you opportunities when you are not playing in the best way.
“I think he must be calm to try first to be in the starting 11 of Chelsea. I think he’s demonstrating that in every game that he can arrive very far in his career.”
The youngster impressed in his first Premier League game as Chelsea beat Brighton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who also rose to fame quickly as a footballer, understands the hype around Hudson-Odoi. As a teenager, Hazard was already dominating the French league before moving to Chelsea in 2012 for a massive fee at age 21, having won the French Ligue One’s best player awards for two consecutive seasons.
According to Hazard, he has told the young winger to continue to stay humble and don’t let the hype get into his head.
“I told him if he stays humble at first, for me it is the best thing, to stay humble,” said Hazard. “Work in training, score goals, and then be happy on the pitch. He can go very far.
“I was not listening to everything (people said about me). Then I think my family also helped me to stay humble.
“In football that can happen very quickly, you can be at the top in two months, and then in two months, everyone can forget about you. But I think if you keep your feet on the floor and train…
“I think for him it is easy because the players he has around him are quite humble, so if we were all thinking we are the best, for him, it could be hard to stay humble. But he is intelligent and has a family that cares for him.”