Willian has revealed that nobody wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea, as he can become one of the best players in the world in the future.
Hudson-Odoi’s future has been up in the air of late, as limited first-team opportunities have seen him determined to leave the club and seek pastures new at Bayern Munich. The German club have seen a £35m bid rejected for the winger, but he then handed in a transfer request to try and force a move away.
The 18-year-old Englishman has 18 months left on his current Chelsea deal, and they’re determined to keep him. But if he doesn’t start playing more, he will almost certainly leave. If Maurizio Sarri does give him more first-team opportunities, there’s a chance he’ll change his mind and stay at the club that he’s been at since 2007.
“Of course we want him to stay,” Willian said. “We don’t want him to leave. He can become one of the best players for Chelsea, one of the best players in the world, in the future. He has to stay.
“We want him to stay. He’s a great talent. A great player. We tell him all the time to stay here.
“I’m happy for him. He’s a great player, a great talent. He’s only 18. I’m happy for him, I think he has to continue in the same way. The quality he has, he has everything. He’s fast. Of course he can improve, he’s only 18, but he can improve a lot to become one of the best players.”
Willian added that Hudson-Odoi has to put his future behind him when he’s on the pitch and put in his best performances.
“Yeah, he has to do this,” the Brazilian added. “He has to forget outside the pitch and when he goes inside he has to do his best performance and [Sunday] was one of them.
“You can see from his goal today he has quality. When you see players who score goals like this you have to say he has quality. We know how important he is for this club and for us and we just want him to stay.”
While Willian has been full of praise for Hudson-Odoi, he’s one of the reasons the teenager can’t get in the team. And many would argue that Hudson-Odoi deserves a place in the team ahead of Willian because he’s been largely ineffective in most games he’s played. Sarri must give him more opportunities for the remainder of the season or Chelsea could be looking at losing one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Bayern Munich wanting to sign an 18-year-old for £35m is a testament to his ability. The Blues must do whatever it takes to keep him.
I’m away for the next few days, so there won’t be a blog or news up here until Sunday morning. There won’t be an in-depth article this week, either, unfortunately. See you on Sunday.