Sports News of Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has urged talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at the club amid reports of a Bayern Munich move.
The 18 year old has been linked with the Germany giants in the January transfer window with the Bavarians having two bid rejected by the Blues.
Sarri believes Hudson-Odoi has the potential to be a great in England and a move to Germany would be a wrong one for the speedster.
“To stay here is better for him,” said Sarri. “He is very young but he is improving, especially in the defensive phase.”
“I don’t know the situation with the club but for me he is an important player.”
“He is an England player very great future here with the national team and with Chelsea”.
Despite telling the player to stay, the Italian tactician was quick to admit he has no control over such decisions.
He added: “But I am not in charge of all these questions and I don’t want to speak to a player about something that doesn’t depend on me.”
“We are lucky because our academy is very good. It is important because if you have five or six players from the academy you can have a soul, more than 25 foreign players,” he said.
Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea in 2007 and was part of the club’s FA Youth Cup winning side in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Sarri said Hudson-Odoi is now ready to compete for a starting spot with the likes of Willian and Pedro.
“We have very important players in the same position, sometimes he will be on the bench – as Willian, as Pedro – but now I can start to consider him at the same level,” the Chelsea manager said.