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Chelsea youngster Callum 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.
Hudson-Odoi handed out a transfer request so he would leave the club, but Chelsea held on to him and rejected up to three bids from the German champions for the 18-year-old.
Chelsea fans repeatedly slammed manager Maurizio Sarri for his reluctance to play the youngster this season. But the Italian repeatedly defended his decision to breed Hudson-Odoi in slowly.
Hudson-Odoi later became an important member of the team towards the end of the season, but his season got marred by injury in the last few weeks of the campaign.
And now, there’s a major boost in the Hudson-Odoi transfer as the 18-year-old is set to commit his future to Chelsea and sign a new five-year contract to stay at the club.
According to Evening Standard, things have progressed between the club and Hudson-Odoi, and it appears just a matter of when the announcement is made.
Hudson-Odoi’s current deal runs out in 2020, and the highly-rated teenager rejected all the contract offers that Chelsea made last season, as his major desire was to play games. Persuading Hudson-Odoi to remain at Stamford Bridge is a major triumph for Chelsea as the winger looked certain to leave for Bayern Munich.
Hudson-Odoi is now set to earn a massive £100,000-a-week in the new five-year contract that he’s set to sign with the club. The 18-year-old has been earmarked as the replacement for Hazard, and will take the number 10 jersey when Hazard leaves for Real Madrid.
Despite the criticisms Sarri faced for not using Hudson-Odoi, former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that the manager wad right to breed Hudson-Odoi slowly.
Fabregas told Goal: “It is difficult because, from a manager’s point of view, you are fighting for your job every day. In football today, you could lose two games and be sacked the next day. That’s why coaches are sometimes hesitant to make changes or trust someone who doesn’t have the experience or is too young. They can look good in training but then in a game situation, they could freeze or make a mistake. The mistake could be in their head in the future if they aren’t strong enough.
“I don’t blame coaches too much. I know it is very difficult.”