Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes Callum Hudson-Odoi’s decision to turn down a call-up to the England U21 squad is a boost for Chelsea.
Tuchel also warned the winger he may face consequences over his choice.
Tuchel said: “I did not get involved in this discussion. I know it was a discussion between the federation and Callum, and I think it ended up with Petr Cech [Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor] being in the discussion.
“I was happy about that – I had no interest to get involved and know the exact reasons why.
“If Callum is here, we have full control of what he’s doing. It’s a good thing when we are in charge.
“He is clearly on the right way – you can see it in the matches and how effective he is. I feel he is very focused. He waited a long time for these chances and now they arrived.
“The best reaction from him is to keep on going and show the consistency that we need from him.”
“I can understand if people don’t understand it or if they don’t like it,” Tuchel added. “I don’t give too much to judgements from outside.
“I think that Callum is very aware that if he takes a decision like this, not everybody will be happy.
“You should ask Callum about it. He probably has good reasons why he thinks that in this moment, for him personally, it’s better to stay and fight for his place. It’s easy to judge from outside, but you should hear both sides.
“If there are consequences, I am sure that Callum takes the consequences.”