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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi tried to force a move away from the club in the January transfer window.
Bayern Munich made several advances to sign the Chelsea academy product, but the Blues rejected all of them. Bayern tried to take advantage of Hudson-Odoi’s lack of playing time as Maurizio Sarri wasn’t too keen on playing him, but he forced his way into the Chelsea first team.
The 18-year-old is now in the final year of his contract, and the club is doing everything to make sure he signs a new contract with the club.
Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has revealed that Hudson-Odoi was right to try to force a move away from the club.
“He did well to get into the national team. He is an international player. He is on the rise. I understood why he wanted to leave,” Melchiot told Goal. “You are a young player, you have done very well at youth level and on your debut and first few experiences then you can’t get into the first team.
“You have made it for your country, Bayern Munich really wants you and will definitely give him the opportunity. I understand why he may have asked himself, ‘Why would I stay at Chelsea?’
“I understand why some fans were annoyed he might leave Chelsea, but as a footballer myself, I know it is about playing and not watching other people play. If you can play at a club, you should go to play.
“Maybe he didn’t handle it as cleanly as he should. It is a business. He knows he has the talent. We don’t know the full details of how the club handled it, in fairness.
“The most important thing is he is a Chelsea player. I look forward to seeing him get fit, up to speed and shine again.”