Callum Hudson-Odoi holds just about all the cards as far as his future’s concerned. With just 18 months left on his contract at Chelsea, and tempted by promises of fame and fortune from Bayern, it’s easy to see why he’s reluctant to extend and commit his long-term future to the club, despite an increase in playing time over the past few weeks.
According to Goal journalist Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea fear that it’s all “too little, too late” but are willing to take a risk and stall Bayern’s efforts — including the £35 million fourth bid — until the summer, hoping that in the meantime the increased amount of minutes (which are in line with Sarri’s recent proclamations about CHO’s importance, improvement, and prospects going forward) convince the youngster to stay with the club he’s been at since age 8.
Presumably Hudson-Odoi is willing to change his mind assuming everything goes to Chelsea’s plan in the next few months. The Blues will have even less leverage in the summer than now as far as a transfer fee or a potential buyback option may be concerned. But hopefully — as slim as a hope as that may be — we won’t have to worry about such problems.