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Lampard wants Hudson-Odoi to stay, but leaves door slightly ajar for Bayern

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Needs vs. wants

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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.

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.

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”.