Callum Hudson-Odoi got his first Premier League start of the season in Chelsea’s fourth Premier League match of the season, playing almost the whole game and playing quite well indeed in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. Combined with his other appearances, he’s now played 308 of the last 360 minutes in all competitions for the club.
At the same time, the rumors linking him with Bayern Munich aren’t going away. But as annoying as those may be, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has against refused to completely rule out the possibility, hinting that there is a possibility wherein Callum pushes for a move.
Lampard on Hudson-Odoi and how Hansi Flick said he wanted him at Bayern during the game: "There is no definitive answer, we will know by Monday whether there is. Callum is our player, what Callum wants comes into consideration, it has to work for us." #CFC #CHECRY— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) October 3, 2020
Bayern have continued their very public push (in addition to whatever they may be doing behind the scenes), so there may be a non-zero chance that the 19-year-old gets his head turned (again).
The last time this happened, we rejected his transfer request. Hopefully that won’t become necessary this time around.
*As I've said before, Hudson-Odoi isn't pushing to move. Was told his chances of staying were 95.9% a few days ago and a move very unlikely. Lampard sounds like he very much wants to keep him. Not sure what's going to change in 48 hours, but door is still slightly ajar.— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) October 3, 2020
Lampard did assure that Hudson-Odoi is very much part of his and Chelsea’s plans for this season, but by not giving a “definitive answer”, the door remains “slightly ajar”.
Lampard on Hudson-Odoi: "I think Callum's performance, particularly in the second half when he got more aggressive, he showed ability and pace. Callum is absolutely part of our plans here." #CFC #CHECRY— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) October 3, 2020