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According to Standard Sport, the representatives of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi have asked that the No.10 shirt be given to the 18-year-old, despite Willian claiming that he would be handed Eden Hazard’s former number.
Hudson-Odoi has reportedly agreed a new five-year deal with the club and is set to sign the contract before the start of next season to end the speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.
Willian claimed last week that he had been offered the No.10 shirt and would be accepting the club’s invitation to wear it next season.
Speaking to Desimpedidos in Brazil, Willian said: “I was offered the number 10 jersey ahead of next season and I will take it.”
Despite Willian’s claims, Hudson-Odoi’s representatives reportedly requested the 18 year old be given the No.10 shirt as part of talks for a new five-year deal at Chelsea, according to Standard Sport.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to confirm who will wear the No.10 shirt this season following Eden Hazard’s exit to Real Madrid and says the decision will be made in ‘due course’.
“There’s no confirmation on that decision,” Lampard said.
“It will be taken in due course. Hopefully his return to training date will be early August.”