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Diego Maradona is hailed as one of the greatest players to have played the game. The Argentine legend drags the right to be called the greatest of all time with Brazil legend Pele.
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed that he’s a huge fan of Maradona and that he has been watching clips of the Argentina and Napoli legend.
Goal’s Carlo Garganese caught up with Hudson-Odoi at the premiere of the new Diego Maradona documentary (ed.note: the latest film from Asif Kapadia, whose SENNA documentary is amazing, exceptional, and required viewing).
Hudson-Odoi has revealed one attribute he wants to pick up from Maradona – which is the confidence the Argentine exuded as a player.
Hudson-Odoi said: “The way that he always loved to create as many goals as possible. Also, the confidence that he showed in every game – he didn’t care [about others] when he tried to do something – if he made a mistake, he kept on going. I think I can get that same [level of] confidence and keep doing my stuff and keep being myself. I’m a big fan of Maradona.
“I’ve been watching him since I was very young. He was a great player, left-footed. He liked to dribble with the ball and score goals. I’m a big fan.”
Hudson-Odoi was blocked from leaving Chelsea back in January, despite wanting a Bundesliga switch due to his lack of game time at Stamford Bridge. The 18-year-old handed a transfer request, but it wasn’t granted him as the club refused to sell him to Bayern Munich who offered multiple bids for the Chelsea academy product.
According to reports, things have progressed between the club and Hudson-Odoi, and it appears that he’s now set to sign a 5-year contract with the club.
Hudson-Odoi suffered an Achilles tendon injury in April that ruled him out of the season, and he could even miss the start of the new season. But he has long had a successful operation, and is already moving around without crutches.